A MAJOR building program has been announced for St Paul's Catholic Secondary College in Kempsey.
Principal David Johns said major upgrade works will commence this month (November).
Stage one of the project will see the renovation of the current College hall into a performing arts centre and the construction of a state-of-the-art sports and fitness centre.
"The project marks the first stage of a four-stage masterplan for St Paul's which will result in world-class teaching and learning facilities for students," Mr Johns said.
"Stage two and subsequent stages will provide new science and STEM learning facilities, visual arts spaces, advanced library and areas for community interaction."
Mr Johns said one of the most exciting aspects of the first stage of the project will be the benefit for the broader Macleay and Nambucca valley communities.
"The College will work cooperatively with the local council and community to provide opportunities outside of school hours for the facilities to be used by community and other groups," he said.
Mr Johns said Kempsey needs more venues to hold large social and fundraising events.
"As a Catholic college, I believe that we can play a crucial role in providing for events that build and enhance our local community."
St Paul's College draws students not only from Kempsey but also from Macksville, Nambucca, Bowraville, Valla and surrounds for their secondary education.
Major contributors to this project include the Macleay Valley Catholic Parish for generously donating the land for the development, the Diocese of Lismore, Catholic Education and the State government for the financial support through the Block Grant Authority.
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