Googong community cheers as first sod turned on school expansion project

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Googong community cheers as first sod turned on school expansion project

April 9, 2018

Member for Monaro John Barilaro today joined students, teachers and members of the Googong community to turn the sod on a new building for The Anglican School Googong.

Mr Barilaro announced that NSW Government support for the project includes a grant of $900,000 to go towards the school’s $1.1 million expansion, with the new building to include two new classrooms, a student conference room and other student amenities.

“As we turn the sod on stage 3 of The Anglican School Googong, it is clear who we are doing this for,” Mr Barilaro said.

“This funding and construction is for the kids of Googong and surrounds, the next generation of community leaders, and I am proud that the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is supporting this project.

“Giving our kids the best place to learn is paramount and is a key factor to ensuring they get the best education possible.

“Congratulations to The Anglican School Googong on this very momentous occasion and I look forward to seeing work start on this important project for this growing community.”

Minister for Education Rob Stokes said the NSW Government was working hard to deliver the school facilities students needed.

“We want to provide high quality education facilities to all students, regardless of what school they go to, so they can succeed and thrive in the 21st century,” Rob Stokes said.

TASG Principal Merryn Clarksmith welcomed the funding and thanked the NSW Government for its support.

“Since its opening in 2015, our school has continued to grow at a rapid place. This year we began our Senior School cohort, with the start of the first year 7 classes.” Miss Clarksmith said.

“The Stage 3 building, started today, will enable the school to accommodate an additional three classes in 2019 and will enable us to continue to grow.

“The NSW Government funding is greatly appreciated by the school community as it is invaluable in helping The Anglican School Googong continue to expand and increase its enrolment numbers.”

The funding is part of the Building Grants Assistance Scheme, which is part of a $33 million NSW Government program directed towards independent and Catholic schools with the greatest need, to help them cater for growing enrolments and refurbish or build new facilities.

The grants help schools improve the learning environments for their students, giving schools contemporary facilities that reflect modern learning needs.

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