Local schools benefit from funding boost

Local schools benefit from funding boost

Grovelands Primary School students were happy to welcome the education ministers for Friday’s funding announcement.

Grovelands Primary School, Yale Primary School and the Armadale Education Support Centre will each share a piece of the federal government’s $25 million school funding pie announced on Friday.

Under Round 2 of the Schools Upgrade Fund, 13 public schools across Western Australia were selected for up to $250,000-worth of funding to build or upgrade infrastructure.

The successful projects include upgrading administration blocks and food tech and home economics classrooms, installing new playground equipment and resurfacing and upgrading sporting facilities.

Federal Minister for Education Jason Clare joined State Minister for Education Tony Buti at Grovelands Primary School on Friday for the announcement. The school will use the money to upgrade their undercover area.

Public schools with the greatest need have been prioritised, including schools with high numbers of students from a low socioeconomic background, First Nations students, and students with disability.

School applications were reviewed by their relevant state and territory education departments which made recommendations to the Australian Government.

“I want all students to get access to a quality education, including access to quality facilities to learn in and play on,” Jason Clare said.

“From upgrading art rooms and tech rooms to new outdoor equipment and replacing demountables, this funding will deliver upgrades to public schools that need it the most.

“This is another important step in building a better and fairer education system.”