Sacred Heart officially opens new buildings

Sacred Heart school captains Phoebe and Orlando are proud of their school's new buildings. photograph supplied

Sacred Heart school captains Phoebe and Orlando are proud of their school's new buildings. photograph supplied

Sacred Heart Primary School officially opened its newly-renovated and refurbished school buildings last week to coincide with the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

Sacred Heart principal Lance Rooney said the $1.5 million project was finished at the start of the year but the buildings were officially opened with a special ceremony.

"It is a lovely place to go into. It is bright and vibrant and there is more colour," he said.

"The kids can go into spaces for optimal learning."

Works included replacing the roof on a major building, improving disability access with a ramp and lift to the second storey, making classrooms open plan and refurbishing classrooms.

"It opened at the start of the year and we have been using it since," Mr Rooney said.

"It has taken a while for the kids and teachers to get used to it but it is a beautiful space to be in."

The school held a ceremony to celebrate the opening followed by an afternoon tea for special guests including Bishop Patrick O'Regan and Diocese of Sale Catholic education director Maria Kirkwood and a festival with fairy floss and a jumping castle for the students.

"It is staggering what [students] have put up with, with the works going on last year, so it represents the end for them as well," Mr Rooney said.

School captain Phoebe said the classrooms used to have walls between them but now they are open and students could see into each others' classrooms.

"It is better than the old ones," she said.

'Now there is lots of space."

School captain Orlando said the rooms used to be a lot darker with orange brick but the rooms were now colourful.

"It doesn't get very noisy," he said.

"There is also a ramp [and elevator] for people with wheelchairs and new furniture and new TVs." 

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