Details relating to the ceremony:
Place of Gathering: Carroll Community Centre
Time of Ceremony: 9:15am, March 17
9:00am Arrival / gathering for 9:15am start (PowerPoint display of construction will be taking place
as people gather)
Ceremony Programme: Consists of two parts –
The religious ritual including the blessing
The civil section which includes the official opening through the unveiling of the plaque
9:15am LITURGY and RITUAL of BLESSING
Ceremony begins with general welcome and an acknowledgement made by Torres Strait
Islander and Year 6 student, Jaida Forsyth. Jaida will acknowledge the traditional custodians
of the land, the Jagara people, upon which Our Lady of the Rosary School (OLR) has been
Procession into the gathering space. Students and other members of the school community
will lead the procession to the sacred space bearing Icons and sacred objects. Bishop
Joseph Oudeman (oo d’ mun) and Father Francis will follow.
Introductory Prayers, reading of the Gospel, ritual response of students and Bishop’s homily
Prayers of the People and blessing of the gathering space, the icons and of those gathered.
Song with PowerPoint presentation, depicting aspects of the life of the Carroll Community
Centre around our motto ‘To Know, Love and Serve’
9:50am OPENING CEREMONY
Mr John Snow (Chairperson, Our Lady of the Rosary (OLR) School Board)
Mrs Cathy Jackson (Director North Services Centre, Brisbane Catholic Education)
Senator Claire Moore (Senator for Queensland)
OFFICIAL OPENING OF SCHOOL (Plaque unveiling)
Senator Claire Moore
SPEECH OF CONCLUSION AND THANKS
Mr Andrew Oberthur (o- ber- ther) (School Principal)
10: 15 MORNING TEA
Senator Moore will have a car space reserved in the small school car park alongside the
school office. She may enter this car park via the Church car park that has its entrance on
Kenmore Rd. The school is behind the Church. The Church itself stands on the corner of
Moggill and Kenmore Roads. If driving from the direction of the City along Moggill Road, the
Senator will reach an intersection immediately before the Church. Rather than make a right-
hand turn at this intersection which would continue to take her along Moggill Road, the
Senator would need to continue straight through the intersection, (this is Kenmore Rd) past
the Church itself and through the second gateway into the Church car park which is on the
left-hand side of the Church. Senator Moore will continue to drive down through the Church
car park where she will find access to the adjoining small school with a reserved space as
Mr Andrew Oberthur, the principal and other members of the school community, including
parents and students, will meet the Senator and other official guests. All of those who
undertake the role of welcoming on the day will wear nametags. Mr Oberthur will escort
Senator Moore to the Carroll Community Centre where the ceremony will take place. Here
she will find the required PA system, lectern from which to speak and a reserved seat. As
Senator Moore will be officially opening the facilities, the plaque will be placed nearby.
As indicated in the programme included above, the liturgy and rite of blessing will constitute
the first part of the ceremony. The Most Reverend Joseph Oudeman OSM Cap DD (Doctor of
Divinity and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Brisbane) will be presiding over this ritual.
Reverend Francis Onwunali (OLR Parish Priest) will be our other clerical participant.
Other representatives from the staff, parent and student bodies will take on the role as
reading ministers in the liturgy, while the names, titles and positions of those taking part in
the opening ceremony are included in the programme above.
Official invitees to the ceremony include:
Mrs Jane Prentice MP, Federal member for Ryan
Dr Bruce Flegg, Member for Moggill
Councillor Margaret de Wit, Ward of Pullenvale
Mr David Hutton, Executive Director, Brisbane Catholic Education
Mrs Cathy Jackson, Director, North Services Centre Brisbane Catholic Education
Mr Michael Kearney, North Services, Area (4) Supervisor
Mr John Snow, Chair of School Board
Other School Board Representatives
Members of the P&F executive
Pastoral Parish Council representatives
We wish to have the ongoing generosity and support of our parents and the local catholic
community acknowledged, if possible.
We wish also for mention to be made of the use of the Carroll Community Centre to assist
recovery for local communities affected by the January floods.
We have chosen for the liturgical part of the ceremony a growth, tree and sheltering forest
theme in this Year of the Forest as a metaphor for the growth and nurturing, sheltering
aspects of our community, especially manifested in this very centre in January.
All 656 students will be attending the ceremony, though Prep students will leave before the
Some of the Year Seven student leaders will be conducting tours of the School.
Morning Tea will be served after the ceremony at approximately 10:15am.