New classrooms, a specialist arts area, and a carpark extension at St Anne’s College in Kialla were officially unveiled this morning by the Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum.

The important works were made possible through Federal Government funding of $3 million, which came via its Capital Grants Program. St Anne’s College also contributed $3 million to the project.

Mr Drum, who addressed the school community today, said the works would allow students and staff to operate in a well-appointed and engaging environment.

“It is great to hear about the positive impact the new facilities will have not only for students, but staff as well,” Mr Drum said.

“St Anne’s College has a wonderful school community, led by Principal Sue Carroll, and the new classrooms and arts area will further enhance the learning environment.

“The Federal Government is ensuring that every child gets a quality education no matter where they go to school.”

Mr Drum said school funding had increased every year under the current Federal Government.

“Our Government is providing record funding for government schools, for Catholic schools and for independent schools,” Mr Drum said.

“We are delivering real, needs-based funding that is matched by national reforms that will drive better results and outcomes, as recommended by David Gonski in his Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools.

“Our Government is funding improved school facilities, like the new classrooms and arts area at St Anne’s College, as part of our commitment to education.”

The Capital Grants Program provides funding for non-government schools to upgrade infrastructure.

The Federal Government has committed $746 million until 2024 under the program, including $41.3 million for 43 schools in Victoria in 2021. More information is available here.


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