Mount Lilydale hosts Deputy Premier


Deputy Premier, principal Philip Morison and student leadersThe Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, the Hon. James Merlino MP, returned to his former school Mount Lilydale Mercy College last week to announce that the school will receive $2 million from the State Government’s Capital Funding Program for Non-Government Schools.

The Deputy Premier said, ‘It was wonderful to return to my old school to announce this funding boost and chat to teachers and students about what it will mean for them’.

The $2 million investment will support the first stage of the school’s upgrade, which includes a new, three-story VCE Learning Commons building featuring a new senior library and two levels of general purpose classrooms.

The second stage of the project will involve the construction of a new, three-level classroom block, staff offices and associated spaces. The existing library will also be refurbished to provide a new visual arts hub.

The new learning spaces will be of enormous benefit to the College, which allows students to move through Years 10 to 12 at their own pace. Mount Lilydale Mercy College Principal, Philip Morison, said, ‘It will be a facility to be used by students and staff alike over the years from year 10 to year 12 and it will hold them in good stead for at least the next 30 to 40 years’.

‘Mount Lilydale Mercy College has great teachers and a welcoming, inclusive environment and I’m sure they will take full advantage of these improvements’, said the Deputy Premier.