Daylesford Secondary College students have begun their school year with new and refurbished school facilities.
A $10 million grant was allocated to the school in the state government’s 2015-16 state budget.
Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas visited the school last Friday to open stage one of the upgrade.
The upgrade includes a new music room and a science technology building.
Stage two of the upgrade will involve removing asbestos from buildings, refurbishing the school’s technology block, refurbishing the VCE centre and constructing a new resources and learning centre.
Stage two is expected to be completed by November 2018.
The third and final stage of the upgrade will involve landscaping works and an upgrade to the school’s car park. This stage is also expected to be completed by November 2018.
Hepburn Shire Council chief executive officer Aaron van Egmond said it was a great community effort to get to this point.
“We are pleased with this commitment, particularly given the impact on the school community of the devastating fire in December 2015. Council and the community worked hard to secure this funding for the upgrade of facilities at the school. This commitment will benefit students from across Hepburn Shire, delivering quality facilities and learning spaces.”
Hepburn Shire Council mayor John Cottrell, reiterated the importance of new facilities.
“Having a well-equipped, modern and updated secondary college in our region is important for the community and families that call Hepburn Shire their home. The funding provided by the State Government will ensure that Daylesford Secondary College continues to thrive and provide great educational outcomes for students in our region,” he said.
The upgrade to Daylesford Secondary College will cater to 450 local students.
“Daylesford Secondary College is the only secondary school within the Hepburn Shire, so these upgrades are vital. Like me, I’m sure the students are very excited to see the new-look Daylesford Secondary College and can’t wait to utilise these fantastic new facilities,” Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas said.
Education minister James Merlino said every student in the state deserved access to the latest facilities and modern teaching for a great start to lift.