A new chapter for St Patrick’s Primary School
St Patrick's Day this year gave Macksville Primary more than just a streak of the luck of the Irish. On March 17 Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker opened the state-of-the-art $12 million St Patrick’s Primary School facilities at their new location in Macksville. This brand new site includes a number of stand-alone buildings, a library and administration building, hall, covered outdoor learning area, and carparks in addition to a multi-purpose court and playing field.
Construction on the site started in 2014 and has now moved the current St Patrick's campus in Wallace Street to the new location 3.5km south of Macksville. The purpose of the move is to increase the capacity of the school and provide the students with even better learning facilities. It will cater for the already enrolled 326 students whilst also allowing the school to manage the increasing growth of its student population.
At the opening Luke delved into the school's past, "[The school] has a long and distinguished history in Macksville, having operated at its original site for more than 90 years," he said.
The $12 million St Patricks Primary School was built using $4,531,593 in funding from the national Capital Grants Programme, plus $7.6 million contributed by the school, the Diocese of Lismore and the Catholic Schools Office. The new facilities reflect the latest innovations and developments in classroom learning, designed to help students reach their full potential.