Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith joined St Dominics High School Principal, Mr Michael Ronchetti and Diverse Learning co-ordinator, Ms Monica Day, at the Savio Education Centre to announce funding for an upgrade of the centre..
St Dominics Savio Education Centre will receive upgraded learning areas using funding provided by the NSW Government.
The project is receiving $471,207 to support the project under the Building Grants Assistance Scheme, with further funds provided by the school community.
This project will utilise the existing space at the centre to its best advantage whilst allowing for a contempoary learning environment. General and specialised learning areas will be refurbished enabling students to more engaged in subject areas whilst providing for breakout spaces for intervention. The central courtyard will be refurbished to create a multi-purpose space for various curriculum activities.
“This funding will help St Dominic’s College Savio Education Centre to get these works off the ground and I’m delighted the NSW Government is able to support this project,” Stuart Ayres said.
Ms Day said Government financial assistance to improve the physical structures of Savio Education Centre will have a significant and positive impact on our unique school environment. It will assist each student in his development and provide a strong foundation for his transition back into a main stream school.
Education Minister Rob Stokes said the Building Grants Assistance Scheme was an important initiative to support local school communities.
“This funding will help improve facilities so schools are equipped to meet the learning needs of students today and into the future,” Mr Stokes said.
In 2015 the NSW Government announced an additional $50 million dollars over four years for non-government schools under the Building Grants Assistance Scheme.The grants are directed towards independent and Catholic schools with the greatest need, to help schools cater for growing enrolments and to refurbish or build new facilities.
BGAS is administered by the Association of Independent Schools NSW and the NSW Catholic Block Grant Authorities and funded by the NSW Government.
Since 2011, the NSW Government has committed more than $5 billion to both government and non-government school facilities to ensure students have the best possible learning environments.