After years of striving for funding assistance, Hennessy Catholic College is the proud recipient of a $2.5 million grant to assist them with the upgrading of their facilities.
Federal Education minister Peter Garrett approved the Australian Government Capital Grant grant late last week.
The funds, which will be combined with a further $1.1 million raised locally by the school, will be used for the construction of a multi-purpose hall, associated pupil facilities and building services.
Specialised areas for technical and applied studies and the refurbishment of general and specialist learning areas for art, technical and applied studies are also part of the overhaul of the school.
Mr Garrett said the funding would allow Hennessy to continue to build a ‘new-new’ school with contemporary learning facilities that would ensure students could prosper and grow.
“This significant funding from the Australian Federal Labor Party will further develop and enhance Hennessy culture of high expectations for all students,” he said.
Principal Dr Peter Webster said the Hennessy community had been striving to obtain assistance for many years and that it was pleasing to finally obtain the support.
“Hennessy has been proactive in obtaining this funding to enhance the physical environment of the college,” he said.
“The enhancement of physical resources will further complement the quality staff and learning already occurring at Hennessy,” he said.
Dr Webster said as a result of the support, Hennessy would be able to expand the range of VET courses for students in Years 10, 11 and 12, which was important as the student leaving age had increased to 17.
Hennessy students would be able to obtain qualifications on site, he added.
“To succeed you need quality teachers, quality students and a quality environment,” Dr Webster said.
“This grant will allow the quality staff and students at Hennessy to prosper,” he said.
Hennessy Community Council chairman Thomas McGrath said the Hennessy community supported the building program and the benefits that it will have for the students.
THRILLED: Hennessy Catholic College principal Dr Peter Webster outside the school last week.
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