School opens new buildings
AT the opening ceremony of St Patrick’s College’s new science and language centre and multipurpose hall, Senator John Hogg said he had now opened 47 Building the Education Revolution (BER)-funded buildings in the state.
That was about $110 million worth of projects, he said.
“They were all value for money and will fulfil a need in the community for the school, teachers and students,” Senator Hogg said.
He said comments that BER funding was a waste of money were nonsense.
That sentiment was reflected in the wide smiles of teachers, students and parents at the ceremonies yesterday.
St Patrick’s principal Tricia Kennedy said the school was thankful to receive government funding.
Ms Kennedy said the science and language centre had enhanced teaching and learning and the undercover hall had given the school “room to move”.
“Previously we couldn’t have a full school assembly or invite members of the community,” she said.
“The architects and builders were wonderful and gave us what we needed.”
In attendance were parents, students, teachers, Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett, Member for Gympie David Gibson, members of the indigenous community who performed an official welcoming as custodians of the land and Bishop Brian Finnigan, who led a mass and blessed the new buildings.
Senator Hogg was also in town to open Chatsworth State School’s new multipurpose hall and library.
Both schools received just over $2 million each from the Federal Government.
Chatsworth principal Dianne Neumann said the school’s new hall was used every day by students.
“It’s excellent, a fabulous funding injection for our school,” she said.
The money also covered $10,000 of new sports equipment, classroom upgrades, electronic whiteboards, a new science and technology lab, books for the new library, computers and furniture.
“It looks excellent, Senator John Hogg was brilliant,” Ms Neumann said.
“There were three big cakes for the upper and lower school to share in the celebration.”
In the next two months Senator Hogg will open another 16 school buildings around the state.