The Australian Government is helping to deliver more choice for North Queensland families, with the official opening of the St Benedict’s Catholic School in Shaw today.
Northern based Federal Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the Turnbull Government has invested over $4.7 million in funding to the School from the Capital Grants Program.
“This is a fantastic outcome for North Queensland families, with the new facility offering 12 classrooms, a multi-purpose hall, an administration block and reception area, meeting rooms, a staff room, a canteen, storage and amenities,” Senator Macdonald said.
“It was great to visit St Benedict’s Catholic School on behalf of the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham and see the new facilities firsthand and the impact they will have on students’ learning potential
“These new learning spaces take into account the latest in educational research and will see students learn more effectively.
“This is part of our commitment to ensuring students have the support they need to succeed in the classroom.”
Senator Macdonald said in addition to funding for projects like St Benedict’s Catholic School, the Turnbull Government is also delivering a new funding system to ensure every student gets the resources they need.
“Catholic systemic schools in Queensland are also benefiting from increased funding under these arrangements. Funding for the Queensland Catholic Education Commission is estimated to grow from $1.29 billion in 2017 to $1.35 billion in 2018, $1.56 billion in 2021 and $1.94 billion in 2027. This represents an average per student increase of 3.7 per cent each year over the next four years,” Senator Macdonald said.
“We know that funding and buildings alone don’t make a great school so the Government commissioned the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools, led by Mr David Gonski. We’ve accepted the 23 recommendations from the Review on how schools can best use the extra resources we’re delivering to boost student outcomes and we’re working to deliver them alongside states and territories and non-government school authorities.”
Families and teachers can see exactly what the Turnbull Government’s $24.5 billion funding boost means for their local schools by visiting the funding estimator at www.education.gov.au/qualityschools