VIDEO: St Clare’s refurbishment to be completed by October 2018

Construction on the multi-million dollar redevelopment at St Clare’s High School, Taree has started.

St Clare’s Principal Peter Nicholls, Assistant Principal Phil Gibney, school captains Ruby McIntosh and Macabe Grass and vice-captains Jennifer Wesley and Rhys Hood were joined by Federal Member Dr David Gillespie at the school for the sod-turning ceremony which marked the beginning of the construction phase of the project.

“This is our first major revamp of our learning environments in the general classroom area for a long time and it will allow us to bring into play a flexible learning space for staff and students to work collaboratively and offer our students innovative learning environments,” said Mr Nicholls.

“We're proud to enhance our commitment to providing excellence in education for students in Taree and the surrounding districts."

As reported on, a government grant of $3,423,587 has been provided to St Clare’s under the Capital Grants Program (CGP) for non-government schools and is allocated through the NSW Catholic Block Grant Authority (BGA). These grants are designed to provide schools with the best possible learning environment for their students.

The new and upgraded facilities will comprise 11 new classrooms, a revamped library, new basketball courts and an amphitheatre to encourage teachers to take the learning experience outside. The buildings will combine state-of-the-art technology with innovative internal and external spaces designed to encourage a collaborative approach to learning.

“The plan for our current school leaders is for them to be in the new facilities doing their HSC examinations from October 17, 2018,” said Mr Nicholls.

Photographs courtesy of St Clare's students, Jade Page and Victoria Fleet-Cooper. 

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Alyssa Faith was the Communications Manager for the Catholic Schools Office, Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle from 2016 - 2017 and a regular contributor to Aurora and