JPC to receive $1m facelift

ON hearing the news that his school, John Paul College (JPC), would receive close to $1 million in funding, principal Ian Walton got straight back to the job at hand.

After all, before that money can be spent, plans need to be finalised.

The $994,000 Australian Government Capital Grant, announced by the Federal member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, will go towards upgrading facilities to help the school cope with increased enrolments.

"Originally the school was built to only accommodate 750 students. Today we have had to cap our numbers at 1060," Mr Walton said.

The JPC principal said on deciding what new facilities were needed a masterplan was drawn up and the school community was consulted.

Plans include construction of four art learning areas, two technical and applied study areas plus an extension of the existing library.

A darkroom will also be built and a science laboratory refurbished.

"After this recent grant, which is just fantastic, we are putting the finishing touches on the plans and financial package," Mr Walton said.

"There are two development stages which all up will cost $5.3 million. The Commonwealth Government has chipped in $1.9 million."

Mr Hartsuyker said the new facilities at JPC would enable the school to provide the best possible learning environment for the students.

"This project involves a significant amount of funding which demonstrates the importance the Australian Government places on developing and maintaining school infrastructure," Mr Hartsuyker said.

The Australian Government's Capital Grants Program for Schools is designed to improve the educational outcomes of educationally disadvantaged students.

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