The new school year is off to a great start for Queanbeyan West Public School, with NSW Nationals Member for Monaro John Barilaro announcing a brand-new school hall.

QWPS Principal Vicki Muscat and P&C President Teresa Duve joined Mr Barilaro at the school’s first assembly for the year where he committed $3 million for a much-needed, brand-new, multi-purpose hall.

“With this funding, the kids at Queanbeyan West will be able to gather together indoors and enjoy an all-weather space for events, assemblies, indoor sports and school performances,” Mr Barilaro said. “With an indoor space that fits the entire school inside, the possibilities are endless and the school community will be able to come together as one.”

Mr Barilaro said today’s announcement was the perfect farewell present for QWPS Principal, Vicki Muscat, who celebrated her final day with the QWPS community as she headed for retirement.

“Vicki has been a strong advocate for this hall and it is so rewarding to be at Queanbeyan West to farewell Vicki while announcing this project,” Mr Barilaro said. “I’ve seen firsthand how much time, energy and dedication Vicki Muscat has given to her school. She knows each child by name and this community has been lucky to have a truly wonderful Principal.”

Mrs Muscat was delighted by funding and said the multi-purpose hall will hold pride of place for the staff and students and will be a place for school functions, speech nights and large scale events that are not currently possible due to limited space.

“Over my past ten years at Queanbeyan West Public School, this has been a goal that we have worked towards,” Mrs Muscat said. “We have grown from 300 students when I arrived, to nearly 500 students in 2019. As the Principal of Queanbeyan West, I cannot explain how thrilled I am for my students, my community and my staff.”

“This is a terrific end to my ten years at Queanbeyan West and really caps off my time as the Principal of this beautiful school.”

QWPS Principal Vicki Muscat

The funding commitment comes after the hard work and advocacy of the P&C and wider school community, which recognised the need to provide an all-weather place for students to gather.

P&C President Teresa Duve said the school community were very excited by the news.

“On behalf of the Queanbeyan West Public School P&C, thank you to Mr Barilaro for the commitment he has made to build a new school hall,” Mrs Duve said. “For the first time in a long time, we will have a space where our whole school can assemble under one roof, and a new space for our students, staff and community to come together.”

Mr Barilaro said the commitment of the Nationals in Government to education was strong, with the Government funding the construction of five new schools in the Queanbeyan-Palerang region; clearing the $449 million backlog of school maintenance projects across the state; and funding positions for 4600 additional new teachers in NSW.