VICTORY Lutheran College is set to sing after the federal government approved $400,000 for a new music centre.
The college is thrilled with the government contribution, with the total cost of the centre coming to just over a million dollars.
It is expected to be finished for the start of term 3 this year, the new centre will have two classrooms, as well as private instrumental rooms that would be used for one-on-one lessons.
It will also include an outdoor learning space and new amenities.
The grant was approved before Christmas, with construction to begin in the coming weeks.
Principal Cain McDonald said the school’s 600 pupils would all benefit from the centre.
“We’ve been really lucky in terms of the support we’ve received from the federal government for the development of the college,” Mr McDonald said.
“Music is an important part of the children’s education at our school, particularly for our senior students.
“This year we’re running our first ever VCE music subject in year 11, which will carry over into year 12, which is an exciting prospect for us.”
The music centre comprises stage one of a major push towards performing arts, with plans for stage two to incorporate space for drama classes, as well as a dance studio.
Mr McDonald said music was a way for students to form friendships with one another.
“All our student learn guitar from year 6 right to year 10, and in that time we encourage them to form groups and experiment with music, form bands and use all the facilities,” he said.