Castlemaine school needs more money

CASTLEMAINE Secondary College needs some tender love and care, says principal Mary McPherson.

"With our current facilities we're on two campuses," Ms McPherson said.

"Our current facilities are between 30 and 50 years old and they are very run down.

"They are very tired.

"We have one new building and it would be wonderful to have the school completed to bring it up to standard.

"We have great kids and great staff who are currently working in some sad facilities.

"We know that facilities do make a difference so we'd like them to have some open spaces and some opportunities to do some interesting curriculum rather than just having a traditional classroom."

Ms McPherson's comments come after state opposition leader Daniel Andrews visited the school on Friday morning.

"His visit was to announce Labor has committed $8 million, if elected, to build the next stage of the school which is an engineering technology precinct," Ms McPherson said.

"If elected, they would commit to completing the school within their first term.

"We've built stage one which has been funded by the current government.

"That building was completed and opened at the start of the school year and that is our well-being precinct which is a new gymnasium, two science labs and some general purpose teaching.

"So the next stage would provide us with the next bit but there's two other stages after that."

The school has been in limbo waiting for more funding to complete the project.

"At the moment there's no planning money or future funding," Ms McPherson said.

"We're currently working through with the department to see if there's an opportunity to get some more planning money so we're hoping that that's the case."

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards accompanied Mr Andrews during his visit to the school.

“Students in Castlemaine deserve the best facilities," Ms Edwards said.

"They can’t learn in a half-built school," Ms Edwards said.

“A high-tech science precinct will give our students the skills they need to start their careers.” 

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