By Monique Kuzeff
Year 11 and 12 students at Victory Lutheran College in Wodonga now have a flexible and open state-of-the-art space where they can learn and do private study.
Last Friday saw the official opening of the $2 million Argus Learning Centre at the school which students welcomed with open arms.
The Argus Learning Centre is named after the Fairchild Argus Mk.II, a 1948 light utility aircraft built by the US Navy and Britain’s Royal Air Force during World War II.
The new facility encompassed a large auditorium, meeting rooms, classrooms and offices. The new facility stands out as a natural light filled and flexible learning centre with easy accessibility to all senior students.
School captain Caleb Parslow said the new learning centre provided something “different” and “dynamic” for senior students to study and learn.
“It’s really different from some of the other ideas we’ve tried out,” Mr Parslow said.
“It’s very flexible and has dynamic classrooms and work spaces and it’s very exciting and interesting.
“I like having a space where Year 12s are able to work in and have study sessions together. It’s good to just mix things up once in a while as it keeps things alive and new.”
Mr Parslow said the facility was something that had been needed at the school for quite a while.
“This has added a lot especially for study because often we’d just go in to different classrooms and its was never really organised or scheduled.
“But this is a work place and mainly dedicated as an extra study space and we have complete access to it.”
At the official opening, students and teachers were greeted by Liberal Senator for Victoria Jane Hume who boasted about the “state-of-the-art facility” which had “incredible technological capabilities”. The Federal Government contributed $600,000 through its Capital Grants Program.
“These really are state-of-the-art facilities, very flexible learning spaces, incredible technological capability and I love the fact that there are rooms where students are able to work collaboratively or privately,” Ms Hume said.
“I am blown away by the natural light and the colours which makes it one of those places that elevate your mood just by being in the room.
“The technology is amazing and changes the entire learning dynamic for the school, giving students and staff incredible flexibility in learning and teaching,” she said.
Indi MP Cathy McGowan and Benambra MP Bill Tilley also attended the opening to inspect the new learning centre.