September 14, 2015

EDUCATION STATE: SUPPORTING PARENTS AND KIDS IN BALLARAT

Schools across Ballarat will share in more than $5.6 million of extra funding in 2016 as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s plan to make Victoria the Education State.

It’s all part of our plan to help kids learn, give parents confidence and provide the resources that teachers need. Under the plan, every single student in every single government school will be better off.

The 2015/16 Victorian Budget was the single biggest injection of education funding in Victorian history by providing almost $4 billion in additional funding to education.  We are building and upgrading schools and helping families with the costs of uniforms, glasses, camps, excursions and more.

Across Ballarat, the 2015/16 Budget provided funds to upgrade or rebuild Ballarat Secondary College, Delacombe Primary School, Phoenix P-12, Sebastopol West Kinder and Iris Ramsay Kinder.

Our Budget built the foundations of the Education State, but the next step is all about helping our kids learn, giving parents confidence, and giving teachers the resources and skills they need to do what they do best. 

The extra support being provided to teachers and principals will be accompanied by a new emphasis on collaboration and accountability, including a set of statewide targets that will help focus on students.

We want to see more students reaching the highest levels of reading, maths and science. At the same time, we want our schools to give students the skills they need for work and life: confidence, resilience, and the capacity for critical and creative thinking. We also want more kids to take part in physical activity at school.

This is also about breaking the link between a child’s social and economic background and how well they do at school. Our aim is to significantly reduce the number of kids who drop out of school and training every year.

The additional funding to schools is on top of funds already provided for enrolment growth, indexation and the everyday costs of running a school.

Quotes attributable to the Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard

“Making Victoria the Education State starts with our local schools.”

“This extra investment is exactly what local schools across Ballarat need. It means more confidence for every parent and the best chance for every child.”

Quotes attributable to the Member for Wendouree, Sharon Knight

“This is fantastic news for Ballarat’s schools, who suffered under cruel cuts from the former Liberal Government.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is investing in Ballarat’s schools, so that every child can get very best start in life.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino

“Over the last few months, thousands of Victorians told us that our schools are ‘good’. They aren’t broken, but we can absolutely make them better.”

Additional funding for schools in Ballarat:

Phoenix P-12 Community College

$728,707

Ballarat Secondary College

$625,637

Delacombe Primary School

$440,688

Ballarat High School

$387,026

Forest Street Primary School

$337,958

Mount Clear College

$334,484

Ballarat Specialist School

$327,824

Yuille Park P-8 Community College

$253,094

Urquhart Park Primary School

$250,600

Wendouree Primary School

$219,785

Canadian Lead Primary School

$187,247

Mount Clear Primary School

$146,671

Caledonian Primary School

$137,088

Sebastopol Primary School

$127,279

Mount Pleasant Primary School

$125,239

Magpie Primary School

$112,640

Woady Yaloak Primary School

$106,745

Ballarat North Primary School

$100,271

Napoleons Primary School

$70,060

Little Bendigo Primary School

$61,152

Black Hill Primary School

$57,234

Ballan Primary School

$50,048

Ballarat Primary School (Dana Street)

$49,318

Macarthur Street Primary School

$48,298

Alfredton Primary School

$47,695

Haddon Primary School

$41,358

Balliang East Primary School

$31,567

Buninyong Primary School

$29,773

Lethbridge Primary School

$28,787

Meredith Primary School

$25,557

Invermay Primary School

$20,491