THE St Joseph’s Primary School community in Korumburra is celebrating the news it has received a $780,000 Federal Government grant for a highly anticipated upgrade.
The school will add to that grant to complete a huge project that could start as early as March next year, and take 18 months to complete.
Principal Michelle Charlton said the works will include the relocation of the school entry and administration area to the Walsh Centre off Guys Road.
Three classrooms will be rebuilt, transforming the 100 year-old buildings into flexible learning spaces with both indoor and outdoor learning areas.
New facades will complete a modern look.
The tender process will open for expressions of interest in January.
Mrs Charlton said there was more than just a “little bit of cheering” when the funding confirmation came through last week.
“The new learning spaces will allow us to provide a contemporary and collaborative teaching and learning environment.”
The school celebrated its centenary in 2014. The classes to be rebuilt are among the originals.
Mrs Charlton said the work will also make the school more secure.
She has worked closely with architects Crosier Scott and had the master plan ready for a funding application that was made in November last year.
There will be some work happening at the school over the holidays.
A roof will be built over the basketball court using funds raised by the school’s fete committee.
Enrolment numbers at St Joseph’s Korumburra have increased dramatically in recent years, from around 70 in 2013 up to 127 enrolled for 2018.