A $3.3 MILLION building project officially opened and blessed at Xavier High School yesterday has completed a 14-year master plan for the Albury school.
Students have been using the school’s collaborative learning space, senior study centre and trade training centre in the past few weeks.
As soon as the celebrations were over they returned to their new surroundings, described by principal Gavin Dykes as a “state-of-the-art learning facility”.
Mr Dykes said the project was unique for “not having four walls” — rather it could be opened up into various configurations depending on the need.
“It’s designed to encourage collaboration not only with the students but with staff as well to work better together,” he said.
“The benefit for the learning of the students is just superb.
“It’s meant to be flexible so it allows different types of teaching styles.”
Mr Dykes said the building was technogically rich, providing not only substantial network provision but data projectors and mobile computer screens.
“It’s very much a 21st century learning area,” he said.
The stage four development was opened by Senator for NSW Ursula Stephens, Wagga Diocese director of schools Alan Bowyer and Bishop of Wagga Gerard Hanna, who also blessed the finished product.
The federal government contributed $2.2 million to the project as a capital grant, as well as $750,000 for the construction of a hospitality kitchen under the Trade Training Centre in Schools Program.
Work had now begun on the school’s next strategic master plan to take it into the next decade.
Mr Dykes said students appreciated their new facilities.
“I think they see it as a different way to learn and they really respond to the fact that this is something different and they’re challenged to be different in the way that they approach their learning,” he said.
Mr Dykes said it was more the case in the junior years where classes operated with a more collaborative nature.
Senator Stephens said the Xavier project was “an investment in the sort of modern educational facilities our students need and deserve”.