$3.9 million school facilities opened

Students and staff at St Francis de Sales Regional College in Leeton today celebrated the opening of their Library and Collaborative Learning Space that were built with the help of more than $2.5 million in Australian Government funding.

Riverina MP Michael McCormack opened the new facilities on behalf of the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan. 

The project, totalling over $3.9 million, was funded through an Australian Government grant of over $2.5 million, and by a school contribution from the St Francis de Sales Regional College community of over $1.3 million. 

The project involved the construction of a library, flexible multi-purpose learning spaces, a kitchen and canteen facility and the refurbishment of the dining room facilities. 

Mr McCormack said the new facilities are an important part of ensuring that students get a great education. 

"The Government believes in an education system that puts students first. We are committed to building a world-class education system that will equip all Australian students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world," Mr McCormack said. 

"These new facilities here at St Francis show exactly what can be achieved by a school with strong leadership and a clear vision for the future. 

"This is much more than just a financial commitment. This is a commitment to getting the very best out of each and every one of the students here today." 

The Library and Learning Space, known as the Marcellin Centre, is a vital part of the St Francis de Sales community. The Centre supports both staff and students by providing contemporary educational facilities designed to cater for a wide range of purposes. The library offers access to a large collection of books and audio visual materials including iPods and iPads. 

Australian Government funding was provided through the Capital Grants Programme. 


Cristy Houghton