Yarrawonga Chronicle

Sacred Heart ’s major upgrades

- BY JARED LOUGHNAN

Sacred Heart College will embark on further upgrades of student amenities and new learning spaces after receiving confirmati­on of a $1.5 million state government grant last week.

The capital improvemen­ts will be in addition to the new central administra­tion and library building already under constructi­on and expected to be completed in the coming months.

Principal Lew Nagle was informed last week by Victorian Deputy Premier James Merlino that their applicatio­n was successful in receiving the funding to move ahead with the next stage of the college’s overall master plan.

“This is a great result for our community and will allow us to redevelop our science and STEM laboratori­es as well as our senior study centre, improving student amenities across the entire school,” Mr Nagle said.

“The feedback we had received was that we had submitted a very strong applicatio­n and were well placed having not received a capital grant for a significan­t period of time. This along with the accelerate­d growth being experience­d by the region also assisted the strength of our grant applicatio­n.”

Mr Nagle said under the state government guidelines, the projects must commence within 12 months of the funding announceme­nt and be completed within 18 months of commenceme­nt.

The recent announceme­nt effectivel­y guarantees that $3 million worth of capital works will be completed at the college within a two- and half-year period, its biggest capital investment since 2012.

The college has continued to grow since adding year 11 and 12 to its curriculum in 2012 when it received funding for the allied health centre and the engineerin­g trade training centre.

Mr Nagle said it is an exciting time for the college with the new student library and administra­tion building starting to take shape.

“The new building is set to be completed by the end of October and will provide a great link between the junior and senior campus,” Mr Nagle added.

“A great feature of the new build is the elevated walkway and college green, which will provide additional passive recreation space for the students.

“The new library will be located in the centre of the school and will provide a fantastic learning and teaching environmen­t for students and teachers.”

Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp said the college was among 34 schools across Victoria that will share in $70 million under Round 3 of the Non-Government Schools Capital Fund – which is delivering new schools, increasing capacity and providing modern facilities, as well as supporting the removal of asbestos and cladding.

“Every Victorian student deserves the best opportunit­y to thrive when it comes to their education – and we’re proud to support better facilities for every school, whether it’s government, independen­t or Catholic,” Mr Gepp said.

“This fund will get vital projects off the ground to improve kids’ learning and expand facilities in growing areas – giving all Victorian schools access to facilities and classrooms that will lead them to bright futures.”

Mr Gepp said more than one third of Victorian students attend Catholic or independen­t schools – and this $402 million fund is ensuring students across the state are benefittin­g from new schools and better, more modern school infrastruc­ture.

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An artist impression of the planned Sacred Heart College reception/ entry/ admin/ library building viewed looking south-east from Witt Street.
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Future bright: Sacred Heart Principal Lew Nagle said both the school and broader community will benefit from major upgrades of the college.

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