TWO new classrooms and a refurbished administration area for the first stage of major redevelopment at Tarrington’s historic Lutheran school have been officially opened by three politicians.
Premier and Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine joined federal member for Wannon Dan Tehan and member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty at the school on Friday.
Mr Tehan, who stood in for federal Education Minister Chris Pyne, said the joint opening signified a new era of co-operation between the Commonwealth and the states respecting each other’s role and work to improve education.
The total project, costing $454,685, was funded through $250,000 from the federal government’s capital grants program and $204,685 from the school community.
Further work will include relocating the playground, subdivision and sale of school land, conversion of the principal’s former residence to a kindergarten and construction of a parish centre in future years.
“This school is a cornerstone of the local community, having educated generations of residents over its 160-year history and today it remains the longest continuing Lutheran school in Australia and the second oldest independent school in Victoria,” Dr Napthine said. “Tarrington is one of the fastest-growing corridors of the wider Hamilton community and enrolments at the school have correlated with this growth.
“I have a very close and personal connection to the facility as a former Tarrington resident and as a parent at the school.
“My eldest son was a student in the 1980s when the facility had a very different look to the state-of-the-art facilities students are enjoying today.”