School adds $600,000 grant to expansion plan
FOR a school that continues to grow more than 20% each year, it's no surprise Pacific Valley Christian School is getting too big for its boots.
With expansion plans in place, a $600,000 federal grant has been welcomed with open arms and principal David Johnston said it would piece nicely into their $1.06million construction project.
"The Federal Government has contributed just over half and we have contributed the other half to go towards the project," Mr Johnston said.
Construction on the two new general purpose learning areas, a food technology area and additional amenities is set to commence within four weeks and should be completed by the end of the year.
"We're ecstatic, can't wait for it to start," Mr Johnston said.
"It means we can continue to provide high-quality learning for our students and we get a food technology facility which is really important for us because we want students to practise hospitality so they can then use it with their families and the community."
The school has recently purchased an extra two hectares of land across the road from the current campus with plans to expand the senior school.
"We're now in our sixth year and next year will be our first Year 11s and then Year 12s in 2016 so we are really at a point where we need the extra room," Mr Johnstone said.
"We have also had these buildings designed so that if they need to be re-tasked or relocated they can be."
Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said he was pleased to have handed the grant over to a deserving school.
"We have some wonderful state schools and non-government schools in our region, and I am delighted to be able to announce yet another local school project that will further develop local education opportunities," Mr Hartsuyker said.
"I would also like to congratulate the Pacific Valley Christian School community for their $463,000 contribution towards the cost of the upgrade.
"This million dollar project is just the next stage in the development of the school.
"I understand the community is very focused on establishing a creative and performing arts space."