Mount St Benedict College has celebrated the beginning of a new school year with the official opening and blessing of a dedicated state-of-the-art creative and performing arts building.

The College welcomed Most Rev Peter Comensoli, Bishop of Broken Bay to celebrate Eucharist and bless the new facilities and Ms Moira Najdecki, Chair of Good Samaritan Education to officially open the building.

With a modern design aesthetic, students have access to high quality learning and performing spaces with industry standard technology featuring a performing arts space with full stage production facilities and retractable seating, music classrooms, music tuition rooms, a drama studio, a dance studio and art studios.

The environmentally sustainable building design allows for ample natural light, with large banks of windows and outdoor courtyards facing out onto the College’s blue gum forest.

“In the Hildegard Centre, our students and staff will be well placed to look out on the beautiful world which surrounds us and be inspired to bring to life beauty through music, dance, drama and the visual arts,” said College Principal, Maria Pearson.

The Hildegard Centre is named in recognition of the Benedictine Abbess Hildegard of Bingen, a prominent writer, musician, artist, composer, and philosopher of the 12th century.

Mount St Benedict College invites the local community to the upcoming Open Day on Sunday 4 March 10am – 2pm to tour the new facilities.  Bookings: www.msb.nsw.edu.au