$4.5M upgrade: Assumption opens new 'world-class' facility
NEW Assumption College renovations have been unveiled and the school has revealed the impact the multi-million dollar project will have on students.
A whopping $4.5 million, jointly funded by the Federal Government and school community, helped construct the sports centre, among other projects, that were officially blessed and opened by Toowoomba Bishop Robert McGuckin and Member for Maranoa David Littleproud.
In his speech, Mr Littleproud said the revamped facilities would push students to compete against the world's elite.
"This a world-class facility, complemented by world-class teachers,” Mr Littleproud said.
"You can be world class and lead the world from Warwick.”
The new facility includes an industrial arts centre, which principal Kort Goodman said was implemented due to massive student demand.
"Approximately 50 per cent of our students go onto non-OP pathways and a great deal are interested in trade-based and practical skills,” he said.
The indoor sports arena will also double as a new hall for the school's population that had long outgrown the smaller St James Hall.
"We can finally gather as a whole community,” Mr Goodman said.
"Before now we had to have split assemblies and walk down to St Mary's.”
Mr Goodman hoped the renovations, which had taken seven years to complete, were only part of the school's ongoing developments, and said more projects were in store before the end of the year including a beautification of the school's entry and upgrading the library and hospitality rooms.
In his speech, executive director of Catholic Schools Dr Patrick Coughlan said the school's embrace of construction was a testament to the community.
"Occasions like this demonstrate a public vote of confidence in Catholic education,” Dr Coughlan said.