New and improved facilities at Our Lady of the Assumption Primary School in Cheltenham were today officially opened.
The project was made possible by a grant of nearly $2 million from the Andrews Labor Government and includes refurbishment of the school’s oldest building to provide a new library, STEM room and staff resource room, as well as improved outdoor areas.
The official opening coincided with a mass celebrating OLA’s 70th anniversary.
The project is part of a $402 million initiative to improve infrastructure across independent and Catholic schools.
The Labor Government has also announced a further $450 million to help build and upgrade new Catholic and independent schools across the state to make sure that Victorians have access to a wide range of education options.
In addition, the initiative will also increase capacity and upgrade facilities at existing non-government schools, while supporting the removal of asbestos and cladding and ensuring more students across the state benefit from better school infrastructure.
In the past eight years, the Labor Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and delivering more than 1,850 school upgrades.
Delivery of 100 new schools by 2026 is ahead of schedule, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024 – ensuring every student can access a great local school and a quality education no matter where they live.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education Natalie Hutchins
“Every Victorian student deserves the best opportunity to thrive when it comes to their education – that’s why we’re contributing to building and upgrading non-government schools.”
“We want our kids to have access to the modern facilities and classrooms that will lead them to bright futures and this investment enables us to deliver that.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos
“I am very pleased that OLA students and staff now have the school facilities they need and deserve.”
“I thank the school and Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools for partnering with the government on this project and congratulate the OLA community on their 70th anniversary.”