College upgrade to go ahead

10 Oct 2018 Seymour Telegraph, Seymour VIC (General News) by Alison OConnor St Marys Colleges middle years wing will receive the upgrade it so desperately needs with a $1.4 million injection from the Victorian Government. The colleges middle years students Years 5, 6, and 7 will no longer be in outdated portables and will have access to six modern general learning areas, plus two flexible learning spaces and student amenities once the project is complete. College principal Peter Kelly was thrilled with Mondays announcement. Mr Kelly said the project had been a priority for six to eight years, with the current portables not adequate for the students needs. Its all about the safety and wellbeing of our students and the tiny buildings we have now are not ideal, so to have a grant like this to help build this new wing is just so exciting for the community, he said. The college, which only goes to Year 10, is also looking to expand to go to Year 12 within the next 10 years. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the upgrade was part of a new $400 million fund the Victorian Government established in partnership with the non-government school sector to upgrade and build new non-government schools across Victoria, where there was a need to accommodate more than 90 000 extra students by 2022. More than one third of Victorian students attend a Catholic or independent school. Weve got a great mix of schools in Seymour and only Labor will make sure local families can feel confident that whatever choice they make, theyll have a great local school, Ms Symes said.