Building construction tipped to begin in September at St Clare's High School in Taree

The budget is $4.89 million, construction is tipped to begin in September and is the first major infrastructure upgrade to St Clare’s High School in more than six years.

Tenders to build the contemporary multi learning space closed last week with principal Peter Nicholls flagging that he expected to “see some building activity towards the end of week seven of this term.”

The new building is to be a contemporary multi-learning space designed by Wingham’s Austin McFarland Architects. It is designed to capture natural light and have the ability to change from 11 classrooms to a large, single space for HSC exams, group learning and performances. The surrounding buildings will also be modernised with vertical gardens. 

St Clare's High School principal Peter Nicholls.

St Clare's High School principal Peter Nicholls.

The new building will be built on the St Vincent Street side of the school and the school basketball court will be moved closer to the physical education facilities to enable construction to begin. One building will also be demolished to make room for the new building.

The building is jointly funded by the federal government, the school and parish. In December last year federal member for Lyne David Gillespie announced a funding package of $3,243,587 towards the $4.89-million project.

“I understand this is the biggest capital upgrade St Clare’s High School will have seen for some considerable period of time, and I am sure that when complete, will be welcomed by students, teachers and the broader school community,” Dr Gillespie said.

Principal Peter Nicholls said the most recent building development was the trades centre, which was built around six years ago.