The Hon. Melinda Pavey MP has announced a State Government grant of $2.76 million to St Paul’s Catholic Secondary College, Kempsey for the refurbishment of the current College Hall into a Performing Arts Centre and the construction of a Sports and Fitness Centre.
The new Performing Arts Centre will have facilities for drama, music and dance.
Kevin Lewis, Principal of St Paul’s College, has expressed his desire for students in regional areas to have the same opportunities as students in the cities.
“The new Performing Arts Centre will give students the best opportunities to succeed, not only in the classroom but also in life,” said Kevin. He said that critical thinking and learning to express and communicate ideas are just some of the skills that St Paul’s students learn by participation in the arts.
Kevin goes on to praise the students of St Paul’s, both past and present.
“Our students have achieved Band 6 results, nominations to Onstage (drama) and Encore (music), with some achieving their best HSC subject result in Creative Arts. “
“Many students have continued their passion for Drama choosing to become Drama teachers or have entered into the Theatre profession.”
“At St Paul’s College our students have excelled in Drama competitions including Sport for Jove’s ‘Shakespeare Carnival’ and the local Eisteddfods.”
“For the past three years, our students have competed fiercely in The Shakespeare Carnival. This is a state-wide competition involving all registered schools focusing on the works of William Shakespeare. The hard work and dedication of our students was rewarded with our students performing on the Seymour Centre stage in Sydney earning the title of State Champions in 2017 and Runner up State Champions in 2018.
Mr Lewis said that the new facilities will allow the College to further explore performance opportunities including large school musicals, and greater opportunities to engage with theatre companies and their shows.
Planning is well underway and construction will commence in 2021.