$4 million investment in new facilities for Mother Teresa Primary and Parramatta Marist High School

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Senator the Hon. Marise Payne today officially opened new facilities at Mother Teresa Primary School, Westmead, and Parramatta Marist High School, following a $4 million investment by the Australian Government.

Students and staff at both schools now have full use of the new facilities which include a Junior Learning Studio and student amenities for Mother Teresa Primary School and general learning facilities and staff administration building for Parramatta Marist High School. The Australian Government provided $498,490 and $3.5 million respectively in funding from the Capital Grants Programme.

Senator Payne attended the opening on behalf of Senator the Hon. Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education.

“I was delighted to visit both schools and see first-hand the new facilities which will help create a better learning environment and foster interaction between students and teachers,” Senator Payne said.

“Students and the wider school community at both schools will benefit from using these new facilities.

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

Over the next four years, the Australian Government is contributing a record $64.5 billion to government, independent and Catholic schools – a $4.9 billion, or 37.2 per cent, increase from 2013-14 to 2017-18.

“While buildings alone do not make a great school, I hope students and staff will enjoy learning and be inspired by these new facilities,” Senator Ryan 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.”

Senator Ryan is responsible for the Capital Grants Programme, which provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure where they otherwise may not have access to sufficient capital resources.