$2 million school facilities opened at local schools

Vacy Public School principal Graeme Oke with school leaders Jake Eyb and Elizabeth Parish and Duty Senator for Paterson Matt Thistlethwaite.Students and teachers at Vacy Public School last week heard firsthand the handships endured by previous children at the school through P&C president David Williams.
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Mr Williams was at the school for the official opening of the new facilities financed by the Australian Government’s Building the Education Revolution (BER) and officially opened by Duty Senator for Paterson Matt Thistlethwaite.

A former student of the school, Mr Williams said this was the first new classroom at the school in 50 years.

“This [new building] is a great deal for the Vacy community,” he said.

“A lot of people who live here went to school here and now their children and their grandchildren are students here.

“I was here back in 1969 and the toilet was a tin shed down the paddock with the pan emptied every week.

“If it was raining you would run down as fast as you could and back again so you wouldn’t get wet.

“It’s great to see the new building connected to other parts of the school with covered walkways . . . I know I would have appreciated a covered walkway to the toilet when I was at school.

“I have great pride in the beauty of this school and I thank the government for this wonderful facility.”

Under the National School Pride program and Primary Schools for the 21st Century element of the BER, Vacy received $925,000 for a library and classroom facilities upgrade, Paterson received $1,049,826 for a multipurpose hall and upgraded school facilities and Booral $1,199,398 for new classroom facilities.

While officially opening the new facilities, Senator Thistlethwaite congratulated the schools on the completion of their new buildings, and spoke of the importance of having the best resources for a quality education.

“Both Vacy, Paterson and Booral have some of the best teachers and brightest students in the country and they deserve these first-class learning facilities,” Senator Thistlethwaite said.

“These new facilities will only enhance the learning capabilities of all students at the school and will greatly assist the hard working teachers.”

Senator Thistlethwaite said the new facilities would not only benefit the schools but also support stronger social networks and community cohesion.

“I am extremely pleased to see the principal, school staff, parents and tradespeople working together to deliver these important projects.

“Now that they are completed, educators and students will be teaching and learning in 21st Century facilities that they so richly deserve.

“It is a tremendous honour to be able to celebrate the opening of these new facilities, and to witness firsthand the impact the BER has had on these schools and their local communities.”

The BER is a key element of the Australian Government’s $42 billion Nation Building – Economic Stimulus Plan to support jobs, stimulate local economies and invest in important infrastructure for the long term.

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