Local students will receive a boost to their learning with funding announced for a new middle school facility at St Mary of the Angels College in Nathalia, which is expected to be completed next year.
Member for Murray Damian Drum last Tuesday announced $700000 in funding for the construction of a specialised Year 7 learning area, as well as the demolition of relocatable buildings and associated works.
The grants are part of the Federal Government’s Capital Grants Program, which provides funding to help improve the infrastructure of non-government primary and secondary schools which may not have access to sufficient capital of their own.
St Mary’s principal Matt Carver said it was terrific news for the school.
‘‘It allows us to continue the works identified in our master plan,’’ he said.
‘‘It will replace the portable buildings that are about 30 to 40 years old and will allow us to educate in a modern facility with our modern contemporary pedagogy.’’
Mr Carver said the school was in the process of designing the new buildings in conjunction with the school’s architect.
‘‘We’re looking at having the tender for construction out by the last quarter of this year, and then building throughout the next year,’’ he said.
‘‘It will be terrific for our students to have a new Year 7 learning centre for when they come to school from schools across the region.
‘‘As we continue to grow, we need to continue to have the resources for it.’’