381 St Andrews Road, Varroville NSW


Will St Sava College be ethnic specific?

In Australia today, the school more than ever before is becoming substantially integrated into the life of the community within which its finds itself. St.Sava College is committed to that principle and we look forward to our neighbours making extensive use of the sporting and performance facilities we intend to provide for our students. In keeping with Serbian custom and the Orthodox Christian faith, St.Sava College will be an open, friendly and inclusive educational institution. The student body of St.Sava College will predominantly come from the Serbian community. It is anticipated, however, that some 50% of the student body will come from the Greek, Russian and Arab Orthodox communities, and also from the broader community. It must be remembered that there is a high percentage of mixed marriages amongst Serbs so that a significant number of children will come from mixed ethnic backgrounds.

How will the construction bill be covered and by whom?

There are three primary sources working jointly towards the realization of the project.

1. Serbian Orthodox Church

The Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand purchased the land at a cost of $3.6 million. The Church paid half the cost of the land on purchase with the previous owner giving finance for the other 50%. The full amount of the loan has now been paid and the land is debt free. The community was not asked to contribute to the cost of the land and no donations were applied for this purpose. The Church continues to assist wherever possible and sponsored the cost of the roofing at the College for an amount exceeding $100,000. It is also considering being a sponsor of the glazing depending on available resources.

2. Kumovi and Donors

St.Sava College has a number of Kumovi, who have each pledged or donated at least $50,000 in donations to the St Sava College Building Fund.
In addition there are major donors, who have donated an amount of at least $10,000, as well as many other donors of smaller but still significant amounts.

3. State and Federal Governments

The Australian and NSW Governments offer St.Sava College assistance in two forms.
a) A Capital Grants Scheme is available to deserving schools. This means that when a particular school has a proven track record, it may apply to the both the State and Federal governments for direct funding for the building of educational facilities.
b) Once the school is open, the Federal Government pays a subsidy for each enrolled student, based on a formula. This is the major source of funding for operating schools.

When will the College be finished?

The College has reached an important point because nearly all the external works are reaching completion. Services such as sewer drainage water and some basic power will be complete by Christmas 2015. The main building structure including slab, steelwork, roofing, block work and guttering has been completed.

We expect to have all the glazing finished by the end of April and the College to a lock up stage by the end of June 2016. After that we can have more functions up at the College.