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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Building symbolises opening hearts

HAMILTON Diocese Catholic Bishop Stephen Lowe offered a prayer and blessing before Trinity Chapman, 5, cut the ribbon to open the new million-dollar school building at St Joseph’s School in Kelly Street.

Prior to arriving in Opotiki for the opening, the Bishop said he had seen a picture of the school shield on the internet and its motto – E noho i te roto i te pono me te aroha – translated means “live in faith and love”.

He told those gathered for the opening the motto was what the building was all about. He said the striking archway at the entrance, where he held a prayer, pointed to heaven, and the building’s width symbolised children needing to open their hearts to everyone.

“Every time you go into your school that is what I want you to remember,” he told them.

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