School for the fu­ture

Build­ings at sec­ondary col­lege are tak­ing shape

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

BUILD­ING works at Rochester Sec­ondary Col­lege are well un­der­way, with stage one set to be ready for use in Oc­to­ber.

Stage one of the $5 mil­lion project con­sists of two new art rooms along with a pho­tog­ra­phy and dark room fa­cil­ity.

It will also in­clude two sci­ence rooms, sci­ence prepa­ra­tion rooms and more gen­eral-pur­pose physics and math spa­ces.

A com­puter pod and three break­out spa­ces will make up the rest of stage one.

Stage two con­sists of four flex­i­ble learn­ing spa­ces, which can be re­con­fig­ured de­pend­ing on teacher pref­er­ence.

A girls’ and boys’ toi­let block will also com­plete stage two.

The stage two gen­eral pur­pose class­rooms are ex­pected to be ready for use in April next year.

Prin­ci­pal Bernie Alt­mann said it was ex­cit­ing times for the school de­spite tem­po­rary in­con­ve­niences of the con­struc­tion.

“Build­ings alone don’t make great schools, but state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties will sup­port our strong ed­u­ca­tional cul­ture both now and well into the fu­ture,” he said.

“We have had to squeeze in while the project is un­der­way but stu­dents and staff have adapted very well to our cramped con­di­tions know­ing that new bright and airy con­di­tions aren’t far away.”

As­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Bar­bara Mc- Carty said the ad­di­tion to the school was gen­er­at­ing a lot of in­ter­est in the com­mu­nity.

“While the project is pro­vid­ing an air of en­thu­si­asm and op­ti­mism to our school com­mu­nity, it has also cre­ated a great deal of in­ter­est from our pri­mary feeder school neigh­bours,” she said.

“We hope it rep­re­sents a pos­i­tive for Rochester and district well into the fu­ture.”

Stage one of the build­ing work is ex­pected to be fin­ished by Oc­to­ber.

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