Students and staff at HillSide Christian College will have full use of a new science block which includes two science laboratories and a science preparation area thanks to funding from the Turnbull Government.
Ken Wyatt AM MP, Federal Member for Hasluck officially opened the new facility in Forrestfield on Friday March 9, on behalf of the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham.
“It was great to visit HillSide Christian College and see the new facilities firsthand and the impact they will have on students’ learning potential,” Mr Wyatt said.
The Turnbull Government provided $310,000 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.
Mr Wyatt 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 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 Western Australia will also benefit from increased funding under these arrangements. Funding for independent schools in Western Australia is estimated to grow from $511.1 million in 2017 to $547.9 million in 2018, $671.5 million in 2021 and $953.2 million in 2027. This represents an average per student increase of 5.9 per cent each year over the next four years.
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,” Mr Wyatt 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