Refurbished Classroom Block for Trinity Catholic Primary School

7 June 2017

THE Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack MP today joined Monsignor John Woods from the Canberra-Goulburn Catholic Archdiocese to officially open refurbished classrooms at Trinity Catholic Primary School in Murrumburrah.

Students and staff at Trinity Catholic Primary School now have full use of the refurbished learning areas, including two contemporary classrooms with breakout spaces. The Coalition Government provided $391,747 in funding from the Capital Grants Program.

Mr McCormack attended the opening of refurbished classroom block on behalf of Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training.

“It was great to visit Trinity Catholic Primary School and see the new facilities firsthand and learn from both students and staff about the significant value these facilities will have for their education,” Mr McCormack said. 

“I’m so pleased the Coalition Government has been able to make this important investment here in Harden-Murrumburrah for the benefit of the students.

“It’s not only the students, but the whole school community who will benefit from using these refurbished facilities.

“These new learning spaces take into account the latest in education research and will see students learn more effectively.” 

The Coalition Government’s recently announced Quality Schools reform package will see higher national levels of school funding than ever before - a record $242.3 billion in total schools recurrent funding from 2018 to 2027, including $81.1 billion over 2018 to 2021. The new arrangements will make Commonwealth schools funding fair, transparent, equitable and needs-based.

The Quality Schools reform package also includes improved capital grants arrangements for non-government schools, with an estimated additional $300 million over the next 10 years for the Capital Grants Program. From 2018, funding will now also take account of enrolment growth, which is consistent with arrangements for government schools. 

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Coalition’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.

Minister Birmingham is responsible for 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.

More information on the Quality Schools reform package can be found at www.education.gov.au/qualityschools

Dom Hopkinson