New Undercover Sports Area for Blackheath and Thornburgh College

 Students and staff at Blackheath and Thornburgh College in Charters Towers will have full use of a new Undercover Sports Area thanks to funding from the Turnbull Government.

 Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald officially opened the new facility today on behalf of the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham.

 “It was great to visit Blackheath and Thornburgh College and see the new facilities firsthand and the impact they will have on students’ learning potential,” Senator Macdonald said.

 The Turnbull Government provided $332,300 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.

 “Sport is about teamwork, strategy and fun. The lessons learned on the football field, netball court, running track or swimming pool provide lessons for life.”

 “The Turnbull Government is also investing an additional $23.5 billion in Australia’s schools through the Gonski needs-based funding plan that will ensure students who need the most support get it 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 for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, said the Government’s recurrent funding growth will be tied to a range of evidence-based initiatives to support students by focussing 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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