SENATOR THE HON SIMON BIRMINGHAM
Minister for Education and Training
Senator for South Australia
SENATOR THE HON ZED SESELJA
Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs
Senator for the Australian Capital Territory
25 July 2017
New classrooms for Holy Family Primary School
Students and staff at Holy Family Primary School in the ACT will have full use of two new classrooms and an amenities block thanks to funding from the Coalition Government.
Assistant Minister Seselja officially opened the new facility in Gowrie today on behalf of the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham.
“It was great to visit Holy Family Primary School and see the new facilities firsthand and the impact they will have on students’ learning potential,” Assistant Minister Seselja said.
The Coalition Government provided $525,000 in funding from the Capital Grants Program, which provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure where they otherwise may not have access to sufficient capital resources.
Assistant Minister Seselja said students and the whole school community would benefit from these new facilities.
“These new learning spaces take into account the latest in education research and will see students learn more effectively.”
“I am proud to have fought for and negotiated $57.9 million for the ACT to give local Catholic and Independent schools funding certainty and to assist with the transition to the new education funding model while key reviews are undertaken.
“This is on top of record Commonwealth funding for ACT non-government schools of $780 million over the next four years,” Assistant Minister Seselja said.
Minister Birmingham said the Government’s recurrent funding growth will be tied to a range of evidence-based initiatives to support students by focusing on outcomes in literacy, numeracy and STEM subjects, helping lift teacher quality and better preparing our children for life after school.
“While buildings alone do not make a great school, I hope students and staff will enjoy learning and be inspired by these new facilities,” Minister Birmingham said.
“The Australian Government is committed to improving the quality of our schools and equipping students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.”
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