Mr Andrew Broad MP, Member for Mallee, officially opened the Secondary School Classroom Wing at Kerang Christian College on Tuesday. The new building constructed at the north end of the College campus includes a general purpose classroom, break-out classroom, video conference classroom, office for teaching staff, locker area, change rooms, outdoor undercover area and a beautiful garden area incorporating a series of raised garden beds containing native plants.
The College thanked the Australian Government for their contribution of $330,705 as part of the Government’s Capital Grants program. This contribution has been of great assistance to the College and has ensured that the growth plans at Kerang Christian College have become a reality for the school community.
Nicholas Steains, Year 10 Home Group Captain, provided a student perspective on the new building developments at Kerang Christian College during the opening ceremony. “This building, the gardens and undercover area represent our future pathway at our school. We are grateful to see this building completed and look forward to completing our Senior School studies at Kerang Christian College.”
A key feature of this building project was the development of a state-of-the-art video conferencing facility. This facility allows students and teachers to work collaboratively with other schools and resource providers.
“This new building is an important development for our school community. We know that video conferencing is a tool that can break down geographical barriers and allow us to offer enriched educational opportunities for our students and teachers at Kerang Christian College,” highlighted Mr Michael Bond, Principal. “The College is currently networking with Ballarat Christian College and Shepparton Christian College using the video conferencing technology. We look forward to connecting with other schools in the future to best meet the needs of our students.”
Mr Bond also thanked Mr Brendon Steel and Mr Brent McKnight for their important contribution to the construction project.
“On behalf of our school community, I wish to thank our Builder, Mr Brendon Steel. He has done an outstanding job completing this construction project. We also wish to acknowledge and thank Mr Brent McKnight who is our architect and independent consultant.”
The Australian Government’s contribution to this project under the Capital Grants Program (CGP) for non-government schools is allocated through the Victorian Independent Block Grant Authority (BGA).
Building Plans for the second stage of the Secondary School Classroom Wing are currently being finalised prior to construction commencing during the 2015 academic school year.
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