Joint Media Release with Minister For Education and Training Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham
Students and staff at Good Shepherd Lutheran College in Howard Springs will have full use of a new roof for the school’s basketball court thanks to funding from the Coalition Government.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, officially opened the new infrastructure in Howard Springs today on behalf of the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham.
The Coalition Government provided $100,000 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 Scullion said students and the whole school community would benefit from this new build.
“Sport is about working in a team, resilience and experiencing the highs and lows of competition. The lessons learned through physical activity involve skill development, commitment and hard work.”
The Government’s school reforms will deliver real needs-based funding, so that students with the same need within the same sector will attract the same support from the Commonwealth, and with students who need the most support getting the most support, as quickly as possible.
Independent schools in the Northern Territory will also benefit from increased funding under these arrangements. Funding for independent schools in the Northern Territory is estimated to grow from $74.7 million in 2017 to $80.6 million in 2018, $107.3 million in 2021 and $179.1 million in 2027. This represents an average per student increase of 5.9 per cent each year over the next four years.
“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 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 Coalition 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