Special day for Mt St Pat
ST PATRICK’S Day was a cause for double celebration at Mt St Patrick Primary School and College.
Yesterday the schools formally opened their brand new $4.5 million facilities.
Mt St Patrick Primary School received $2.36 million for new classrooms and improved library facilities from the Primary Schools for the 21st Century and from the National School Pride programs.
Mt St Patrick College received $2.17 million for a Science and Language Centre and improved facilities from the 21st Century Secondary Schools and the National School Pride programs.
Federal member for Richmond Justine Elliot attended the official opening and congratulated the schools on their new facilities.
“The new facilities provide a great place to meet, perform and learn in,” Mrs Elliot said.
“These projects support the employment of many local workers and provide valuable learning opportunities for our children.
“This is what we (the government) strived to achieve. This is the essence of the Economic Stimulus Plan.
“It is tremendous to be here today to celebrate the opening of these new facilities and to witness first-hand the impact this has had on Mt St Patrick College and the local community.”
Mt St Patrick College principal Tony Daly said the students and staff had many reasons to celebrate.
“We are extremely grateful to the government for the funding and providing us with these high-quality facilities and buildings,” Mr Daly said.
“Today is the 85th anniversary of our school and that is why we wanted to celebrate the opening of these new facilities today.
“We celebrated the opening with prayers and a reading and all the students’ parents and teachers joined in.”
The $1.28 billion National School Pride program is providing funding to more than 9400 eligible schools in every state and territory of Australia for minor infrastructure and refurbishment.
“The new facilities provide a great place to meet, perform and learn in.”