Senator Zed Seselja will today officially open the new ‘Peace Wing’ at St John Paul II College in Nicholls.
Students and staff at St John Paul II College will have full use of the performing arts centre comprising a theatre for 275 patrons and music, drama and dance facilities, two teaching kitchens for junior food technology classes, two textiles rooms for textiles technology classes and several general classrooms designed to accommodate year nine students as well as staff rooms and meeting rooms. The Australian Government provided $900,000 in funding from the Capital Grants Programme.
Senator Seselja will attend the opening on behalf of Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training.
“I’m looking forward to visiting St John Paul II College and learning about how the new facilities will benefit students and the wider school community,” Senator Seselja said.
“I hope the new music and performance centre inspires students to practice their instrument more often, sing a bit louder or take to the stage for the first time,” Senator Seselja concluded.
The Australian Government is contributing a record $69.5 billion to government, independent and Catholic schools over the budget and forward estimates – this represents a $4.1 billion, or 27.9 per cent increase between 2014–15 and 2018–19.
As well as delivering increased funding, the Australian Government is focussing on quality and choice for schools.
“While buildings alone do not make a great school, I hope students and staff will enjoy learning and be inspired by these new facilities,” Senator Ryan said.
“The Australian Government is committed to improving the quality of our schools and equipping students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world,” Senator Ryan concluded.
Senator Ryan is responsible for the Capital Grants Programme, which provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure where they otherwise may not have access to sufficient capital resources.