St Mary’s School celebrates new $1.1 million facilities

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Students and staff at St Mary’s School in Donnybrook yesterday celebrated the opening of their multi-purpose area, built with the help of $500,000 in Australian Government funding.

Member for Forrest, Ms Nola Marino MP, opened the new facilities on behalf of the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan.

The $1,119,013 project was funded through a $500,000 Australian Government grant, and by a $619,013 contribution from the St Mary’s School community.

An open multi-purpose area, completed by the re-roofing and refurbishment of the old library, was the major feature of the project.

Works still to come include the refurbishment of a veranda, demolition of old toilets, construction of a retaining wall and ramps for disability access, and the resurfacing of a hard-court and car park.

Mrs Marino said the facilities will ensure St Mary’s students continue to receive a great education.

“The Government believes in an education system that puts students first. We are committed to helping equip all Australian students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world by creating the best possible learning environments,” Mrs Marino said.

“Everyone who worked so hard to bring this exciting multi-purpose area to life has shown exactly what can be achieved by a school with strong leadership and a clear vision for the future.”

Australian Government funding was provided through the Capital Grants Programme.