New centre talks the talk
TRINITY Catholic Collage is preparing its students for global employment opportunities with the opening of its Jubilee Centre for Languages last Friday in Lismore.
The $1.86 million project is part of the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution and includes four classrooms, eight soundproof listening booths, laptops and interactive whiteboards.
Languages co-ordinator Beth Grace said the centre uses the latest technology to enhance the learning experience of students.
“This is an excellent allocation of funds by the Government. Students want to find jobs out there in the world and will be looking for global occupations,” she said.
“Our communities are so multicultural it is now essential to enhance our language capabilities.”
Ms Grace said the centre would make it easy to access foreign language material and communicate with people across the world.
“This centre is a state-of-the-art technological facility and it’s the first one in this area,” she said. “The students are going to be taking a pride in their learning.”
Taylor Green, a Year 11 student, said she was excited to use the facility.
“I’ve recently come back from an exchange to Italy and this centre is really going to help me with my Italian,” she said.
“It provides private learning facilities to block out the noise from the surrounding area, as well as providing group working desks.”
Janelle Saffin, MP for Page, attended the ceremony and in her opening speech said the centre would provide students with an opportunity to learn about different cultures and people.
“Language is really important and I am proud to be involved in this educational facility for the future,” she said.