A 900km round road trip to Alpha rounded up Boarders from across the Central West, Central Highlands and Coalfields to collect Laptops and Textbooks ahead of online learning commencing this week.

Warm smiles and cheery hellos greeted The Cathedral College Boarding staff arriving at Blackwater, Emerald and Alpha with a bounty of learning resources destined for Boarding families from as a far west as Longreach who were delighted at the delivery.

Boarding parents, families and friends rallied to collect laptop devices and textbooks to ensure they made it into the hands of their children before online learning started for Year 8 – 12 students.

Assistant Principal Ron Armstrong said it was an incredible team effort to ensure Boarders were ready to learn relying on great sense of mission and community.

“Our mission calls us to provide a quality Catholic education to all our students. This galvanised College IT and Library Staff to organise bundles of laptops and textbooks for each delivery point and Boarding staff who coordinated with parents the different pick-up points,”

“When we arrived the gratitude was palpable and the excitement overwhelming” he said.

“Thank you to our boarding parents, friends and extended families who rallied and collected devices for others helping new and existing families by transporting a number of devices and textbooks,” he said.

“That’s what community is all about.  We are so blessed to have Boarders as part of our College who really pull together in challenging circumstances,” he said.

The Cathedral College with a student population of 1330, 187 of which are Boarders commenced Learning at Home for all students in Week 1 ahead of students returning to school on Monday 7 February. Year 7 Students were issued with a Year 7 Workbook with fun, learning activities across all subject areas preparing them for an exciting year of learning ahead.