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Belmont High celebrates school's upgraded look

Rainie Fraser

GREAT JOB: Principal Garry Schultz, Education Minister Bronwyn Pike and John Patrick, from Patrick Architects, recognise Belmont High School's $6.2 million upgrading.

GREAT JOB: Principal Garry Schultz, Education Minister Bronwyn Pike and John Patrick, from Patrick Architects, recognise Belmont High School's $6.2 million upgrading.

BELMONT High School's $6.2 million upgrading was recognised at an awards ceremony for new and refurbished State Government schools on Wednesday night.

The upgrading project was completed in early September by Melbourne-based firm Patrick Architects.

The company has also worked on the refurbishment of Western Heights Secondary College and Torquay Primary School.

The prestigious 2007 Victorian School Design award acknowledged the school's new administration and staff and student services building as well as four learning centres that principal Garry Schultz described as ``essentially classrooms but far more flexible in use''.

``The kids own these spaces . . . the kids love them. They're really excited,'' he said.

``A lot of the school is really quite old and we've worked hard to upgrade facilities to reach a world-class standard and that's what we've got here now.''

A delighted Mr Schultz said the upgrade was funded by the State and federal governments as well as generous contributions from the school's parents' association and student association.


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