Work on a $2.87 million upgrade of Nowra High School has started.
The work is part of a NSW Government program to improve high schools and will include an extension and refurbishment of the administration building featuring a new student service counter, clerical area, and male and female sick bays.
There will also be a new reception area for parents and visitors.
The school’s main entrance will be relocated further south west, closer to the new reception, while new signage will be installed at the school’s main entrance, as well as new directional signage inside the grounds.
A new digital LED sign to provide community information will also be installed.
South Coast MP Shelley Hancock visited the school on Friday to inspect the recently started work.
“It is great to see this work finally start,” she said.
“The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government has committed $148 million to the program to improve secondary schools across the state.
“We know that a school's appearance is important in how it is perceived by the community.
“Both students and staff will enjoy improvements to the amenity of their school.
“Nowra High School is delivering great results for its students and they should be rewarded with modern facilities that improve the function of the school, increase the safety for everyone in the school community, and provide students and staff with the most up-to-date facilities in which to learn and work.”
Relieving principal Gerald Buckley said students had coped well with part of the school being transformed into a work zone.
“It has been very seemless,” he said.
“Honestly, I don’t think the students even noticed it.
“Contractors St Hilliers have been very accommodating, especially with the HSC exams starting this week, which are held in the hall right next to where the work is being carried out.
“This is one of the best things that has happened to Nowra High for a long time.
“An administration block is the engine room of any school and the staff here are very excited about the changes that will take place.
“It will make a significant impact on the operation of the school.
“It’s great to see this work get under way not only in terms of improving facilities for students but also the safety aspect for parents and community members coming onto the site.
“Its an excellent opportunity to improve the look of the school as well.”
The project is expected to be completed by late this year or early 2017.