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Investing in Ballarat Schools and kids

Students at Siena Catholic Primary School will get the best start in life, thanks to a funding injection in local school infrastructure.

Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino visited the school, which received $1.5 million through the Non-Government Grants Program to build stage 1 of the school.

The school, in Lucas, opened at the start of this year and is expected to eventually grow to 350 students.

The $4.1 million stage 1 includes two buildings housing a total of nine classrooms as well as offices and an art room.

In the 2015-16 State Budget, the Victorian Government delivered on its election commitment of $120 million over four years to build and upgrade Catholic and independent schools, agreeing to match the these sectors’ contributions dollar-for-dollar.

The Non-Government Grants Program aims to build new schools and expand capacity at existing facilities in growth areas, in particular Melbourne’s outer-suburbs and regional Victoria where enrolment demand is significant.

Funds will also upgrade those schools with the highest facility needs, creating modern and fit-for-purpose learning environments for the 37 per cent of Victorian children who attend Catholic or independent schools.

The Victorian Government’s huge investment in Victoria’s schools means more than $2.5 billion has now been invested in school infrastructure over the past three years, with 56 new schools being delivered across the State.

Source: Vic Government

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