Ceremony Recognises Commonwealth Contribution to Gymnasium Facility
Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, was a special guest of the Preparatory School this week. Senator Evans attended a recognition ceremony acknowledge the Government’s Building the Education Revolution (BER) funding towards the School’s new multipurpose gymnasium facility.
Christ Church received a $3 million grant towards the construction of the facility through the BER Primary Schools for the 21st Century project. A further $3 million was funded in partnership with the School community.
Headmaster of the Preparatory School Richard Wright said the School had been making full use of the multipurpose hall since its completion in September 2010.
“The facility has been a welcome addition to the School providing an undercover space for physical education and special event as well as additional classrooms,” Mr Wright said.
“Its innovative design, which includes an open-air perimeter, provides shade for sporting activities during summer and protection from inclement weather, further enhancing the co-curricular programs on offer.”
Preparatory School Captain (Term 1) James Tonnison told Senator Evans that the benefits of a year-round sports facility would produce “fitter, faster and healthier boys” and that Australia could expect to see Christ Church students in the 2016 Olympic Team.
Interestingly, boys in the audience visited Senator Evans’ chamber in Canberra recently as part of the School’s inaugural Year 6 Canberra Tour. The Yahoos Choir provided the musical item at the ceremony performing I Still Call Australia Home.