Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton today officially opened a new classroom, a new resource room, a covered outdoor assembly area and a refurbished library at St Philomena’s School in Moree.
Students and staff at St Philomena’s School now have full use of the new facilities. The Australian Government provided $722,187 in funding from the Capital Grants Programme.
“I was pleased to visit St Philomena’s School and see firsthand the new facilities,” Mr Coulton said.
“Students and the whole school community will benefit from using the new facilities.
“These new learning spaces take into account the latest in education research and will see students learn more effectively.”
The Australian Government is contributing a record $69.5 billion to government, independent and Catholic schools over the budget and forward estimates. This represents a $4.1 billion, or 27.9 per cent, increase between 2014-15 and 2018-19.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, said that as well as delivering increased funding, the Australian Government is focussing on quality and choice for schools.
“While buildings alone do not make a great school, I hope students and staff will enjoy learning and be inspired by these new facilities,” Senator Ryan 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,” Senator Ryan said.
Senator Ryan is responsible for the Capital Grants Programme, which provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure where they otherwise may not have access to sufficient capital resources.
Mr Coulton media: Amy Welham 0448 477 830
Senator Ryan media: Gemma Sandlant – 0428 421 384