Nationals Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker has officially opened the completed Primary School precinct at Kempsey Adventist School on the Mid North Coast.
Students and staff at Kempsey Adventist School now have full use of 12 new classrooms, a library, amenities, covered outdoor learning areas, car parking, furniture and resources. The Coalition Government provided over $3 million in funding from the Capital Grants Program.
Mr Hartsuyker attended the opening of the Primary School buildings yesterday, on behalf of Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training.
“It was great to visit Kempsey Adventist School and see the completed project firsthand and the impact it will have,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“Students and the whole school community will benefit from using the new facilities.
“Students and staff thanked the Government for our continued support of the school which has seen tremendous growth, not only in student numbers, but in the quality of facilities available.”
As announced in the 2017 federal budget, there is a record $18.6 billion in additional funding for Australian schools over the next 10 years, all to be allocated based on need.
As a result of this additional funding, Kempsey Adventist School will receive an additional $18.2 million over the next 10 years, according to Commonwealth funding estimates.
“The Government’s plan will mean Cowper schools get support they need for long-term success, with funds going where they’re needed most and local students will get the assistance they need to excel.
“Our reforms will set our schools up for the future, and deliver fair, needs-based funding for all Australian students going to where it’s needed most,” Mr Hartsuyker added.
Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Coalition’s funding growth is sustainable but 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 Turnbull 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.”
Minister Birmingham is responsible for 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.