Building the Education Revolution

July 21, 2009 7:34 pm

Science and Language Centres for 21st Century Secondary Schools (SLC) Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that 537 science laboratories and language learning centres will be built or refurbished across Australia under the Science and Language Centres for 21st Century Secondary Schools’ element of the Building the Education Revolution (BER). Five secondary parish schools in the Diocese of Lismore have been successful in gaining funding as part of this element of the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution initiative. The approvals, totalling $9,850,000 have been announced for the following schools: • St John Paul College, Coffs Harbour: $1.97 m for a Language Centre and Science refurbishment • McAuley Catholic College, Grafton: $1.97 m for a Sports Science Centre and Language Centre • Mt St Patrick College, Murwillumbah: $1.97 m for a Science Resource and Language Centre • St Mary’s High School, Casino: $1.97 m for an Environment, Agricultural and Rural Technology Hub (EARTH) • St Paul’s College, Kempsey: $1.97 m for its Produce for Product for People project In addition, Trinity Catholic College, a non-systemic secondary school was also successful in its application for a Language Technology Centre. It is with great appreciation that these parish schools in the Diocese of Lismore accept this funding. Dr Anne Wenham, Director of Catholic Schools has expressed her appreciation to the Federal Government for this funding, stating that ‘This funding will enable these secondary parish schools to undertake major building projects that will provide schools with access to modern facilities with leading edge technologies in purpose built learning spaces, enhancing the learning environments for students and teachers. We remain conscious that this funding has come to parish school communities as part of the Federal Government’s Economic Stimulus Package initiative and we will endeavour to use local trades people wherever possible on these building projects, to assist with the economic growth and jobs creation within the local communities.’