Students from Kalianna now have the specialist education facilities they deserve as the major redevelopment of the school takes shape thanks to the Victorian Government.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews joined Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards and Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan to inspect the completed first stage of the $15.6 million school upgrade.
The upgrades include a new café space – with kitchen and dining facilities – so Year 11 and 12 Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) students can complete their hospitality training at the school.
The café space also serves as a multipurpose hub for Kalianna students to assemble, with reading nooks and social spaces.
The completed upgrades also include new purpose-built classrooms and the redevelopment of the bus drop-off zone and school entrance to improve accessibility. Administration facilities have also been relocated.
The second stage of upgrades for the Kalianna School are on track to be completed by mid-2020. These upgrades include new multi-purpose learning areas to facilitate collaboration and “team teaching” while also catering for individual student needs. It also includes a new roof over the quadrangle play area.
Kalianna is one of 43 Victorian special schools to be rebuilt, expanded or upgraded since the Victorian Government was elected as part of a record investment of $170 million into our special schools, ensuring every child gets the education they need get the best start in life.
The Victorian Budget 2019/20 also invested $218 million to make our schools more inclusive, with more funding to support children with disabilities and additional needs. This included $180 million to support around 5,400 students with high needs to attend mainstream and specialist schools.
The Victorian Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades and supporting over 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians.
Source: Vic Government