$5m college upgrade

Principal Mark Brockhus with student. (Supplied) 219366_01

By Jessica Micallef

A long-awaited science and design learning centre is a step closer to reality at Salesian College Sunbury.

The college has received $5 million as part of the state government’s Non-Government Schools Capital Fund to build a new food technology, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and design manufacturing learning centre.

Salesian College Sunbury principal Mark Brockhus said he was looking forward to turning his vision into a reality.

“Salesian College Sunbury has wanted these facilities for a long time and to have this vision come to life, is truly exciting for our community.

“We are delighted to move forward with plans for these new modern educational facilities within the food technology, STEM and design manufacturing centre.

“The $5 million will enable Salesian College Sunbury to transform our older facilities into something truly amazing. It will meet our enrolment demands and interest in the fields of food technology, STEM and design manufacturing.“

A purpose built food technology centre with two laboratories each equipped for 28 children with specialist equipment and association food preparation, storage and staff facility will be built.

“We will refurbish the heritage listed Battery Building for a flexible learning space focused on STEM to blend technology with the skill of making and testing,“ Mr Brockhus said.

“The refurbishment of our 1950s woodwork room will provide safe, best practice work environment for students to combine design, new technology with a range or materials.

“Funding will also be used to landscape, provide better disabled access and services connections to upgrade the design manufacturing learning precinct.“

Construction on stage one of the project is expected to begin next year.