When St Peter’s Catholic College, Tuggerah needed a new library, plaza and performance space, they knew just who to call: former student Scott Lester.
Scott graduated Year Twelve in 2004 and now works at Gosford architecture and construction firm ARTEL.
Scott hopes his children, four-year-old Charlie and two-year-old Isabella, will also attend the school.
“One thing I remember about my time at St Peter’s was the excellent facilities and the huge diversity of resources,” said Lester, whose Year Twelve report card gave him glowing marks in the VET Construction course. “It was a great privilege to contribute to those resources myself and give back to the school.”
He also praised the teaching staff at St Peter’s for fostering his love of building.
The building project was finished in September and included a new information centre and library, a staff and performance space, and an outdoor learning space known as the ‘plaza.’
Some older and the old library was refurbished to accommodate new staff facilities and a chapel.
The blessing and opening ceremony for the new library will take place on 28 March. This new facility includes a modern reading area, work spaces, a café and quiet study rooms, as well as four architecturally-designed classroom spaces on the lower ground level.
The plaza, which will be used for outdoor teaching as well as for recreation, includes tiered seating, shade structures, and planted areas. “It links the old to the new,” said Scott.