MT St Patrick College students Sam Morrin, Aaron Partridge and Sharma Walsh will benefit from $1.97m in school funding.
MT St Patrick College students Sam Morrin, Aaron Partridge and Sharma Walsh will benefit from $1.97m in school funding. Tweed Daily News

Money talks and it's all class

MT St Patrick College students are saying “merci beaucoup” to the Federal Government for almost $2 million in funding.

The Murwillumbah high school has received the funding to build a science resource and language centre, principal Tony Daly said.

“This is our first major upgrade since 1997.

“We're very excited about it. It's certainly needed.

“New facilities at the school have been a dream for a while.”

Although the new building is described as a science resource and language centre, Mr Daly said it will be used for a range of subjects.

“It will have state-of-the-art computer and IT systems, including the provisions for video conferencing,” he said.

“The science area will consist of two resource rooms, a preparation room and four individualised learning bays.

“The language area will include two rooms with two individualised learning bays attached to each.”

Mr Daly said the new facilities will allow more students to study a range of languages through correspondence. The school currently teaches French.

The centre will also cater for the school's predicted student population growth.

“Over the next couple of years there will be a significant increase in enrolments,” Mr Daly said.

“We have 580 students at the moment and expect to have 630 by 2012.”

The school has already received record year seven enrolments for next year, Mr Daly said.

“We have to run an extra class for year seven next year.”

Mt St Patrick College received the maximum funding amount, $1.97 million, under the Science and Language Centres for the 21st Century program.

The project must be completed by June next year.



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