The wait is finally over for students and teachers at the Orange Christian School with the opening of the new Ngalgarra Hall today.
Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education, and Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, said the opening of the new multipurpose hall was cause for celebration.
“Students at the Orange Christian School have been counting down the days until this fantastic new facility opens its doors,” Minister Gee said.
“We know that learning is no longer confined within the four walls of a classroom – it happens on the stage and on the sporting field.
“The new state of the art hall will provide students with a unique space to learn and develop through sport, arts and other community events.
“As a former country student, I know how important it is for kids to have access to arts and sporting opportunities.
“Participation in school sport and the arts is shown to have a positive impact on education outcomes and overall health and wellbeing.
“This has never been more important, especially in light of the unprecedented challenges students have faced this year with the bushfires, drought and COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that country kids have the same education opportunities as their city cousins, which is why we were proud to provide $650,000 through the Capital Grants Program to help fund the Ngalgarra Hall.
“Schools halls are a vital part of a thriving school community. Ngalgarra Hall will be of enormous benefit to Orange Christian School students, the local community and generations to come.
“One of the reasons that many people choose to move to our region is the great schools we have.
“Investments like this new hall help ensure that the Central West remains front of mind for those considering a tree-change.”
More information about the Capital Grants Program is at https://www.education.gov.au/capital-grants-non-government-schools.