Facilities boost for Hervey Bay school

Thursday, 30 November 2017

St James Lutheran College in Hervey Bay will soon benefit from a number of facility upgrades thanks to a nationwide grants program run by the Coalition Government.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt today announced St James Lutheran College would receive $995,000 through the Capital Grants Program.

“This funding will contribute to renovating the existing library, the refurbishment of six junior learning areas and a new student amenities block,” said Mr Pitt.

“While buildings alone do not make a school, students and the whole local community will benefit from using these new facilities.”

St James Lutheran College principal Luke Schoff said as the school continues to grow and support the community of Hervey Bay through high quality education, it is thankful for the Federal Governments continued support for Independent schools and their capital building projects.

“This most recent grant of $995,000 will enable our college to provide the students with rich learning environments that allows for innovation, collaboration and flexibility in learning,” he said.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Capital Grants Program provides vital funds for non-government schools to upgrade facilities such as classrooms, laboratories and libraries.

“This program is part of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to ensuring students have the support they need to succeed in the classroom,” Minister Birmingham said

“In addition to initiatives such as this program, the Turnbull Government is also delivering a new funding system to ensure every student gets the resources they need.

“We’re overhauling Australia’s schools funding system and boosting investment by an average of $2370 per student or $25.3 billion across the whole system so students with the greatest needs get the greatest level of resources.”

Capital grants are additional to funds provided by state and territory governments, non-government school authorities, and school communities, which are responsible for providing and maintaining non-government school facilities.

For more information visit: www.education.gov.au/capital-grants-non-government-schools

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