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Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester, together with Most Reverend Gregory Bennet, Bishop of Sale, today officially opened a multi-million dollar redevelopment of the John 23rd building at Catholic College Sale.

Mr Chester secured $1 million for the project through the Capital Grants Program, which provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure.

Mr Chester said students would benefit from the new facilities that would provide enhanced opportunities for learning and student well-being.

“Students and teachers thrive when their schools have modern facilities and can access the latest technology,” Mr Chester said.

“It was great to visit Catholic College Sale to see the new facilities and hear about the positive impact it will have on students.

“Catholic College Sale has a wonderful school community, and these new facilities will further enhance the learning environment.

“The Federal Government is funding improved facilities at schools, like the new facilities at Catholic College Sale, as part of our commitment to education.”

Catholic College Sale Principal Chris Randell said the upgraded John 23rd building had become a hub for years seven and eight.

“The interior has been completely rebuilt with flexibility across classrooms for open learning spaces or to allow students to work in small break-out rooms,” Mr Randell said.

“Moving to one campus, and the investment we’ve made at that campus, has allowed access to the best possible learning opportunities.

“There’s more work planned to upgrade the school grounds, build more sports facilities and to redevelop St Mary’s Hall to provide a modern performing arts space.”

The Federal Government has provided $1 million towards the John 23rd refurbishment, with Catholic College Sale contributing the remainder of the funding.

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