Pinbarren & Barungam Opening

It is not every day we have the pleasure of opening a new building. It was with a sense of ceremony that we held the official opening and blessing of the new Barungam Centre and the refurbished Pinbarren. The Barungam Centre, a lecture theatre holding up to 250 people provides a space for guest speakers, parent evenings and whole cohort presentations. The name Barungam, meaning “listening and learning place” in the Gubbi Gubbi language, was provided by local Gubbi Gubbi, Kabi Kabi Traditional Custodian, Lyndon Davis. The centre features a stunning artwork by Lyndon, highlighting the relationship between the sea eagles and the red mullet season.

The Pinbarren, originally a sports hall that began its life as a half-court under cover area, offers an air-conditioned indoor sports facility with a full-size stage, giving the whole College a place to gather, perform and play sport. 

After a Welcome to Country by the Gubbi Gubbi dance troupe, the Archbishop of Brisbane, the Most Reverend Mark Coleridge, celebrated the Opening Mass and Blessing. It was a fitting celebration attended by an array of special guests including Brisbane Catholic Education Executive Director, Ms Pam Betts, founding Principal, Alain Pitot, the builders, architects and several of the top performing students from the 2020 graduating class. 

Take a look at the highlights in the video below.