201511.19

Bayside Christian College latest school to improve its facilities- $466k grant

Thursday 19th November 2015

Ensuring local students have access to the best possible educational facilities is important to make sure they get the most out of their time at school.

Students across our region are continuing to benefit from high quality, up to date facilities with help from the Commonwealth Government.

I am delighted to announce that Bayside Christian College is the latest school to be granted funding under the Government’s Capital Grants Programme (CGP).

The $466,000 grant will be used by the school to build a secondary science building at a total project cost of $1,166,000.

The project is part of the school’s broader focus on upgrading and expanding its facilities with a dedicated senior school campus on the north side of Robinsons Road, opposite its current Langwarrin South campus nestled between PenLink and McClelland Drive.

The science building will cater for senior school students and will be part of significant program of construction commencing in the coming weeks with earthworks and site drainage construction.

While Commonwealth funding for capital works for government schools was folded into the recurrent grants to the States since 2009, non-Government schools like Bayside Christian College can apply for funding support for capital works.

The CGP enables the Commonwealth Government to support projects which contribute to students at non-government schools getting the best possible education.

While up-to-date facilities alone do not tell the whole story of a school, this ‘hardware’ can support the success of a school’s ‘software’ being its leadership, teachers, curriculum, teaching and learning strategies and resource and parental engagement to ensure students can be their best selves and reach their potential.

The announcement of this funding under the latest CGP round follows the official opening of the new Music Centre at Flinders Christian Community College in Carrum Downs earlier this week.

The Australian Government contributed $600,000 to the centre under a previous round of the CGP, and as the local federal member I was delighted to participate at the opening representing the Minister for Education and Training, Senator he Hon Simon Birmingham.

The centre is encouraging students to develop their music and creative skills through general learning areas, a recording studio, staff offices, instrumental, choir and concert band practice rooms.

I hope the new music and performance centre inspires students to practice their instrument more often, sing a bit louder or take to the stage for the first time