• High school to start on its $4.75m build

    NEW LOOK: Wangaratta High School year seven students Aaron Gregory (far left) and Bianca Easterbrook (far right), principal Heather Sarau and new teachers Shane Castricum and Katie Alexander are looking forward to works getting under way at the school. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

    WORK on a new $4.75 million middle years learning community at Wangaratta High School is set to begin in coming weeks.

    Principal Heather Sarau said the new open learning space would allow teams of teachers to facilitate learning for students in years seven, eight and nine.

    “The beauty of it is that it can be used in a really flexible way, which enables students to learn at their own pace,” Ms Sarau said.

    The high school received State Government funding for the project in 2014, and will be among the first schools to commence works from that round of funding.

    It will start with demolition of the former office building, which has more recently operated as the wellbeing centre, which will make way for the new middle years centre.

    This will be surrounded by a landscaped area to create an outdoor learning space, with the work expected to be finished by the start of term four.

    And as the school looks forward to the works, Ms Sarau said she had already contacted Education Minister James Merlino about the next stage, which would complete its plan.

    For its final stage, the school is seeking $5 million to rebuild its gymnasium on Phillipson Street, and create a new oval adjacent to One Mile Creek.

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