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$1 million upgrade will deliver first school to offer Kindergarten to Year 12 in the Nambucca Valley



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Luke Hartsuyker MP Federal Member for Cowper

MEDIA RELEASE

10 June 2014

$1 million upgrade will deliver first school to offer Kindergarten to Year 12 in the Nambucca Valley

Nambucca Valley Christian Community School will be the first school to offer Kindergarten to Year 12 education in the Nambucca Valley, with construction set to commence on a major upgrade of facilities.

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker today joined Nambucca shire mayor Rhonda Hoban to turn the first sod on the $1 million school upgrade. The Federal Government is contributing $400,000 towards the project.

The expansion of the school will see a new general learning area, science area plus a design and technology room constructed. An outdoor learning area will also be built.

Mr Hartsuyker said the Federal funding was provided from the Capital Grants Programme.

“The upgrade will see NVCCS become the first non-government high school to offer Year 8 and 9 in the Nambucca Valley. It will also be the first school in the Nambucca shire to offer Kindergarten to Year 12, when students complete their secondary studies in 2018,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“This will provide more choice for families in the Nambucca Valley. I would like to congratulate the school community for raising more than $600,000 towards the cost of the project. The Coalition Government is committed to a strong and vibrant education sector but the growth of non-government schools does depend on the support of families and friends of the school.

“We have some wonderful State schools and non-government schools in our region, and I am delighted to be able to announce yet another local school project that will further develop local education opportunities.”

Mayor Rhonda Hoban said the development of the school was a vote of confidence in the Nambucca shire.

"Educational choices are an important factor for people considering relocating to, and investing in, the Nambucca Valley. The expansion of the NVCCS to cater for high school students will help to ensure that jobs and students remain in the Nambucca shire," Mayor Hoban said.

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