New music centre for Wollemi College

Monday, 24 July 2017

Students and staff at Wollemi College in NSW will have full use of a new music centre thanks to funding from the Turnbull Government.

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne officially opened the new facility in Werrington today on behalf of the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham.

“It was great to visit Wollemi College and see the new facilities firsthand and the impact and benefit they will have on students’ learning potential,” Senator Payne said.

The Turnbull Government provided $600,000 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 Payne said students and the entire school community would benefit from these new facilities.

“I hope this new music centre inspires students to practice more often and build their skills and confidence,” Senator Payne said.

“The Turnbull Government is also investing an additional $23.4 billion in Australia’s schools through the Gonski needs-based funding plan that will ensure students who need the most support get the most support as quickly as possible.

“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 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

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