Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, today officially opened the Our Lady of the Rosary Cultural Centre at McCarthy Catholic College and the Secondary Resource Centre at the William Cowper Campus of Calrossy Anglican School in Tamworth.
Students and staff at McCarthy Catholic College have full use of a Performing Arts Centre, while students and staff at Calrossy Anglican School will benefit from a new library, administration area, general learning area and pupil amenities.
More than $2.1 million in funding from the Coalition Government's Capital Grants Program was provided to the new Performing Arts Centre, while $700,000 was injected in the new Secondary Resource Centre.
'Every school in Tamworth should have the best opportunity for students, that's why it's great to see the brick and mortar these funds have contributed to," Mr Joyce said.
‘Students and the whole school community will benefit from using the new facilities - these new learning spaces take into account the latest in education research and will see students learn more effectively.'
The Coalition Government is providing higher levels of school funding than ever before – a record $73.9 billion in total Commonwealth funding over the forward estimates in all states and territories.
Nationally that represents funding growth from a record $16.1 billion this year to $20.2 billion in 2020, all to be allocated based on need.
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 Coalition 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.