Saint Patrick’s College Principal Tricia Kennedy flanks the new school building.
Saint Patrick’s College Principal Tricia Kennedy flanks the new school building. Craig Warhurst

$2 million well spent

A TWO-million-dollar helping hand to build a state of the art science and language building was money well spent, if you ask St Patrick’s College Principal Tricia Kennedy.

The money, which came from the Federal Government’s Building Education Revolution, has helped the school refurbish an existing building and build a new storey with two science labs and two language classrooms.

And the work will hopefully be finished by the start of term four, then the school will invite the community to have a look.

Ms Kennedy said during the tendering process the school focussed on finding local trades people tried to use local tradespeople where possible and keep money in the town.

She said local architects GHD and builders had done an excellent job.

“I think we’ve got our money’s worth,” Ms Kennedy said.

The school recently also had funding to beautify their grounds through national school’s pride funding. When complete the slick new building will fit in with the school’s updated looks.

“We are really happy... it will be wonderful for our school,” she said.

The steel framed building houses the new science and language labs which come with all the latest in audio visual technology.

Adjoining each lab is a prep room and staff area and incorporated into the design of the language room are break out rooms for group work.

The building has high curved ceilings with windows to catch natural light, all the classrooms also have fans.

And the view from the balcony is amazing.

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