READY: St Mary's Catholic College  officially opens its new buildings.
READY: St Mary's Catholic College officially opens its new buildings. Tobi Loftus

New buildings open at St Mary's

STUDENTS attending St Mary's Catholic College in Kingaroy have access to new music rooms, courtyards and classrooms.

The six new learning areas, which include new student services, walkways and a car park, were officially opened at the school at a special ceremony on Thursday.

Maranoa MP David Littleproud said the Federal Government had provided funding for the buildings.

"The Coalition Government provided $872,611 in funding from the Capital Grants Program, which provides funding for non-government schools to improve infrastructure where they otherwise may not have access to sufficient capital resources,” MrLittleproud said.

Education Minister Simon Birmingham sent a message to the school community for the opening, which was read by principal Angela Myles.

"While buildings alone do not make a great school, I hope students and staff will enjoy learning and be inspired by these new facilities,” he said.

"The Federal Government is committed to improving the quality of our schools and equipping students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.”

The St Mary's P&F also contributed $1.1million to the construction of the new buildings.

Brisbane's Auxiliary Bishop Brian Finnigan travelled to the school for the opening, as did Brisbane Catholic Education's Peter Stower.

Local priest Father Stephen Camiolo, member for Nanango Deb Frecklington and Mayor Keith Campbell also attended.

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