Official notification was received on Friday 12th June that the School’s application for funding for an extension and renovations to the school hall and library had been successful. The announcement, as part of Round 2 of the Building the Education Revolution (P21) element of the Financial Stimulus package, was welcome, not only because of the level of funding, but also a relief after earlier delays. The extent of the project is limited to $850,000 and is to be spent refurbishing (re-roofing and extending) the existing hall, converting the Multi Purpose Room into a library centre with access to the grassed area to the north, and providing change rooms, staffroom and kitchen. Legal and practical restraints were resolved to allow a start on 13th July.

The grant comes on the back of Round 1 approval for BER Maintenance (School Pride) funding of $75,000, notified on 3rd April 2009. The first component of this program is now under construction, being the shade shelters over lunch seats. An interactive whiteboard is to arrive shortly for the Kindy room and an active playground is to be installed in November. Smaller upgrades to the offices are also to be included.

Yet to be finalised is the school’s Green Grant for solar panels and water tanks. Whilst approved some months ago, this grant must be fully validated before work can begin. This grant is for $50,000 and will be staged with the building work.

It is intended that all works will be completed by years end. As you can see, thanks are in order to our Federal government, the people of Australia, and our Heavenly Father for these resources at such an important time. Our school and the wider community will enjoy the benefit of improved facilities.

Stephen Spies
Berowra Christian Community School.