Performing arts centre and gym to be transformed

November 3, 2017 by  

Clifton Hill children are among many attending Thornbury High School set to benefit from a surprise funding package from the State Government.

The school is to receive $5 million towards the establishment of a new gymnasium and performing arts centre.

The recent announcement by Education Minister James Merlino was welcomed with great enthusiasm by Principal Michael Keenan.

“The whole community is absolutely thrilled.”

Mr Keenan said redevelopment of the existing performing arts and gym facilities was long overdue as they were extremely “tired”.

“The students in those areas are performing really well but they don’t have the right facilities.

“We’ve got 21st century teaching and learning happening but we need 21st century facilities to match.”

The latest funding, he said, will provide students with access to school buildings that are first-rate.

Clare Burns, Northcote’s Labor candidate, whose sister attended the school, was delighted with the latest funding boost.

She said students were still using many buildings that dated back to the school’s opening in 1962.

Printing services have been busy preparing the schools existing master plan for review by the Victorian School Building Authority, which is the next step in the process towards redevelopment.

Mr Keenan said everyone over the moon about the project.

A grant of $3 million to Northcote Primary School for the repair of crumbling infrastructure was announced in September this year.