A $200,000 upgrade to the food technology kitchens at Holsworthy High School will allow students to continue to study hospitality and vocational education courses.
NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli visited the school to inspect the kitchens, earlier this month.
The funding was issued under the $40 million Public School Upgrade Program.
The upgrades will include a modular designed kitchen fitted out with seven new commercial stoves, industry dishwashers, stainless steel benches and appliances.
Head teacher of vocational education and training, Tracy Cook, said the school’s current facilities had failed inspections and were not up to industry standards.
‘‘We have been failing inspections every year for the last five-years,’’ she said.
‘‘The kitchen was not at a high enough standard to teach hospitality and VET courses to our students.
‘‘We’re ecstatic, year 11 and 12 students can enter the courses at a national accredited level and pick up these courses to study for their HSC.’’
She said the school had pushed for the upgrades for many years, but it wasn’t until the P&C jumped on board to help that their prayers were finally answered.
‘‘Parents from the P&C wrote a letter to our state member, Melanie Gibbons, and she took the matter to parliament for us,’’ she said.
‘‘We’re hoping to get works started this year, and have it finished by early next year.’’