FOUR new classrooms and a modern performance space have been unveiled at Port Macquarie's Heritage Christian School.
The federal government granted $870,000 toward the $2.1 million school overhaul.
The upgrades were unveiled to parents, teachers, board members, students and community representatives at an official ceremony on November 7.
Principal Geoff Brisby said the 380-student school is grateful for the government's contribution to the project.
"The school borrowed the remaining $1.5 million to complete the project and we are thrilled with the outcome," said Mr Brisby
"These three facilities increase the school's capacity to deliver high quality outcomes for our students, and are an important part of our expansion."
As part of the development the school's Woolshed assembly and performing arts space has new timber panelling on the outside.
A second storey has been completed on the school's H block with four new classrooms equipped with smart boards, teaching boards and a new 'living room' staffroom.
"The Woolshed has allowed us to introduce a dance program because we have never had the facilities to allow that," said Mr Brisby.
"There was strong student demand for a dance program. Now we have the facility and a deal with one of the dance schools.
"The music program with recording studios and tutoring rooms have been opened up with glass partitions to allow one teacher to supervise a number of kids in each space. There is also a large storage area for our drama facility.
"The living room is a place where staff can come and relax, take a half hour and jump back in after half an hour."
Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said education funding is an obligation for the government.
"Heritage Christian School has a great learning environment due to having top quality facilities and passionate teachers," he said.
"It (the Woolshed) creates a community within the school for performing arts, music, entertain and it develops the skills for kids to identify where they are going in the future.
"It does create friendship and bonds. It will have 100,000 different memories for all the kids who go through the school."
"Sometimes politicians on both sides lose sight of the fact that we're not doing the community a favour. We have an obligation as a government to provide the best services we can for all children and all schools," said Mr Conaghan.
"We need them to grow up with the best possibilities, the best education they can have to set them up for the best life they can provide for themselves."
"I am pleased to see the results of investing $870,000 here. These great high-tech classrooms and better Woolshed will not only benefit students here today, they will benefit a generation of future students as well."
A school plaque was unveiled during the official opening ceremony and members of the public were treated to singing from school students Tamazyn Ledden and Chloe Schmidt. School student Lilly Eze also led the assembled crowd in the national anthem.
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