By Jessica Anstice
Students at Heritage College in Officer will benefit from a new multipurpose centre thanks to $1,200,000 in funding from the Federal Government.
Now in its 20th year, Heritage College has been an integral part of the local community.
Beginning in the City of Casey and expanding into the Cardinia shire in 2009, Heritage College continues to expand its infrastructure in response to the development in the area and high enrolment growth.
To commemorate the newest facility developed in line with Kneeler Design Architects, Edmanson Constructions, Heritage College school council, and Member for La Trobe Jason Wood attended the school on Tuesday.
“It was great to visit Heritage College and see the new facilities firsthand and the impact they will have on students’ learning potential,” Mr Wood said.
Mr Wood said students and the whole school community would benefit from these new facilities.
“These new learning spaces take into account the latest in educational research and will see students learn more effectively,” he said.
“This is part of our commitment to ensuring students have the support they need to succeed in the classroom.
“Students and teachers thrive when their schools have modern and up-to-date facilities – that’s why the Federal Government is proud of the Capital Grants Program, which has benefited thousands of schools across the nation.”
Featuring a state-of-the-art basketball court, shower and dressing room facilities, the multipurpose facility will provide students with the opportunity to hone their skills in sportsmanship.
“We look forward to seeing our community enjoy the facility for many years to come,” principal Sonny Aiono said.
Utilised by all areas of campus, from early learning through to secondary, it will be a hub of activity throughout the year for events such as awards nights, assemblies and chapel services. Outside of school hours, it will host basketball clinics for the Heritage College basketball team.