Students and staff at Gulf Christian College in Queensland will have full use of a new Middle School Building comprising a science laboratory, a science/prep storage room, a manual arts shed, a covered area, a veranda and covered walkways thanks to funding from the Turnbull Government.
Northern based Government Senator Macdonald officially opened the new facilities in Normanton today on behalf of the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham.
“It was great to visit Gulf Christian College and see the new facilities firsthand and the impact they will have on students’ learning potential,” Senator Macdonald said.
The Turnbull Government provided $365,000 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.
Senator Macdonald said students and the whole school community would benefit from these new facilities.
“The Australian Government is committed to putting science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the heart of school education. It is critical to our nation’s future that more students study science and maths subjects.”
“The Turnbull Government is also investing an additional $23.4 billion in Australia’s schools through the Gonski needs-based funding plan that will ensure students who need the most support, get the most support as quickly as possible.
“We’re delivering the real Gonski needs-based funding that Labor distorted with 27 special arrangements with states and territories and sectors.”
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.”
For more information on the Quality Schools reform package visit: www.education.gov.au/qualityschools