$675k upgrades unveiled at St Mary's Primary School

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke, St Mary's Primary School captains Maddie James and Josh Cameron, principal Andrew Casey and Education Minister Sarah Mitchell.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke, St Mary's Primary School captains Maddie James and Josh Cameron, principal Andrew Casey and Education Minister Sarah Mitchell.

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell and Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke on Tuesday inspected significant upgrades to St Mary's Primary School.

A number of upgrades were made possible by the school receiving more than $675k in funding through the NSW Government's Building Grants Assistance Scheme.

Principal Andrew Casey and school captains Josh Cameron and Maddie James hosted a tour of the school.

Canberra and Goulburn Acting Director of Catholic Education Angus Tulley also attended.

Five classrooms for Years one and two have been refurbished to create additional learning spaces, while the school's canteen has been upgraded to enable use in lessons.

Mr Casey explained how the upgrades will lead to an improved learning environment.

"The classrooms will allow us to have a range of learning stations to cater to individuals and groups, which means we will be able to trial new strategies and engage students at a deeper level," Mr Casey said.

"The funding is allowing us to improve the quality of the learning space for about 100 students, which is a good portion of our school. It's really increased the standard of the buildings our students are learning in every day.

"It's created a much more appealing environment for them to learn in."

Ms Cooke said she was proud to put education in the Cootamundra electorate on display.

"Everyone in the region knows times are tough for our community at the moment. That's why it is absolutely crucial we continue to invest in our education system, not only to ensure our kids have access to the best possible resources, but also to provide them with normality and stability as the drought persists," she said.

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said she is thrilled students can officially start benefiting from the world-class facilities.

"Investing in our regional kids is a core priority for the Liberals and Nationals, and I am proud that we are providing more pathways and opportunities for families and students in areas like Young and across the state," Ms Mitchell said.

The state government is investing $500 million for capital works in catholic and independent schools, $6.7 billion for 190 new and upgraded schools across the state and $1.3 billion on school maintenance over five years.