NSW Premier Mike Baird today officially opened new facilities worth $2.8 million at Anson Street School at Orange in the state’s Central West.
Mr Baird said the school, which caters for students with special needs, will benefit from four new classrooms, a refurbished oval and a bike track.
“It is fitting that the new facilities are named in honour of two women who had a major influence on education in the Orange area - Carolyn Woll and Lady Dorothy Cutler,” Mr Baird said.
“The new classrooms will be known as the Carolyn Woll Buildings, named after the highly-respected former principal who led the Anson Street School for 19 years.
“It was under Mrs Woll’s leadership that the foundations were built for the fantastic school community that exists today.
“The refurbished sporting oval and bike track are named after Lady Dorothy Cutler who worked to establish education facilities for students with special needs in Orange.
“During the mid-1960s, Lady Cutler, whose husband Sir Charles was the long-serving Member for Orange, was prominent in her volunteer work and worked with the community to help students with special needs achieve their full potential through quality education.
“The decision to name the facilities after these two women came after extensive community consultation.
“We now see the product of their vision in this wonderful educational facility at Anson Street School.”
Orange MP Andrew Gee said the upgrades are fantastic news for students and teachers.
“The new facilities at Anson Street School will enhance the school’s reputation for excellence in teaching and learning,” Mr Gee said.
“Anson Street School has a talented and committed group of teachers and the local community recognises the key role the school plays in giving all students the best educational opportunities.”
Schools for Specific Purposes (SSPs) cater for students from pre-school to year 12, who require extensive levels of support because of their physical, intellectual, sensory or behavioural learning needs.
The upgrade of the Anson Street School is one of 19 similar projects undertaken in NSW, worth $94 million. The upgrade of SSPs was undertaken using residual funds from the Commonwealth’s BER program.