Albury’s Xavier High School community are excited by the news that the school will soon boast a fully revamped school hall, gymnasium and new multi-use learning spaces after successfully seeking an Australian Government grant for $2.6m.

The grant will be used to build a new indoor stadium which will include a large stage area and seating capacity for 1200 people, refurbish five old classrooms and redevelop Xavier’s existing Creative and Performing Arts facilities.

Xavier High School principal Gavin Dykes said our school has needed a new stadium for many years and we are thrilled to be awarded this grant. This funding ensures the Xavier school community will have a first-class stadium facility that will be practical and functional for staff and students.

“The opportunity to refurbish classrooms along with our Creative and Performing Arts facilities will see these teaching and learning spaces brought up to high standard of other facilities in the school providing an improved teaching and learning experience for staff and students.”

Announcing the funding through the Australian Government’s Capital Grants Programme, Sussan Ley, Member for Farrer said this is not only a large investment from our government, it is also a major spend for the school with an additional $1m from Catholic Education Diocese of Wagga Wagga helping deliver what will be a significant facelift of their sport and arts learning areas.

“It has been a pleasure to watch Xavier’s facilities grow and develop on the Fallon Street campus, and this latest project is another important step in offering the best facilities possible for a flourishing school population.”

The Australian Government’s Capital Grants Program provides funding for non-government primary and secondary schools to improve capital infrastructure where they otherwise may not have access to sufficient capital resources.