School welcomes new hall

Isaac Gorton, 5, and Elke Borgas, 10, jump for joy at the opening of the new hall at Pacific Coast Christian school.
Isaac Gorton, 5, and Elke Borgas, 10, jump for joy at the opening of the new hall at Pacific Coast Christian school. John Gass

BUILDING the Education Revolution building openings have slowed as the Federal Government's massive funding injections have borne fruit.

Pacific Coast Christian School Tweed Heads South was the latest today to see its almost $1 million multi-purpose hall christened.

It has become the Peter D Draper centre - named after a man who has been a great benefactor of the school over the years.

Principal Dr Tina Lamont said the school owed thanks to many people who had worked "behind the scenes", not least the Almighty.

"We are now four years old, and a lot has happened," Dr Lamont said.

"We must thank Mr Draper and (Richmond MP) Justine Elliot.

"When we look at all the things we have it's because the government provides for us.

"Father God, as we enjoy the facilities at this school may we never take them for granted."

Mrs Elliot said Mr Draper was a previous school board chairman and honoured his services to Christian education.

"This new facility at Pacific Coast . . . will bring benefits to local students for years to come.

"Projects like the new PD Draper Centre multipurpose hall at Pacific Coast are making a real difference by improving the learning environment for our children."

Mr Draper reportedly requested his name on the hall be made smaller out of modesty.

The school's seniors and juniors each performed hymns as thanks to those responsible for the enormous building.

Mrs Elliot said benefits of the "historic investment" BER program would continue to be seen for many years.

"The bricks and mortar of these building are merely the foundations on which long-term educational benefits will be built and continue to flow to Australian students for years to come."

Richmond has received more than $100 million for 205 projects across 90 schools through the BER.

For more information about schools funded by the program visit

Topics:  building the education revolution

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