Construction is underway on the Andrews Labor Government’s massive upgrade of Bentleigh Secondary College.
Minister for Education James Merlino joined Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos today to turn the first sod on the $13.4 million upgrade, which includes a new science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) hub known as the da Vinci Centre.
The centre will have facilities for middle and senior students, including purpose-designed visual art studios, specialist food and materials technology, classrooms, courtyards and a gallery.
A further $3.8 million from the School Pride and Sports Fund will extend the basketball stadium, the home of the McKinnon Basketball Association, to include two new competition grade courts.
The school will also receive a new carpark, landscaping and the current relocatable facilities will be repositioned.
The new and upgraded facilities are part of the Government’s $2.5 billion investment in better classrooms, upgraded facilities and new schools across the state.
This school building boom has delivered more than 1,000 school upgrades and 56 new school projects across the state, supporting almost 5000 construction jobs for Victorians.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“The da Vinci Centre will provide students with first-rate facilities to learn science, technology, arts and maths and the extension to the basketball stadium will help keep the kids fit and active.”
“We’re giving students in Bentleigh and across Victoria a great education and the skills they need for the jobs of the 21st century.”
Quote attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos
“Bentleigh Secondary College is a wonderful school and these new facilities will be something the entire community can be proud of.”
Quote attributable to Principal Helene Hiotis
“It is going to be a place of amazing experiences for our students and teachers, where they can build their curiosity and knowledge and where lifelong interests will begin.”