Celebration: Romsey Primary School students joined Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas and School Principal, Loren Peavey, to welcome the announcement of the $3.2 million funding. ​

ROMSEY Primary School is the big winner in the news that the Victorian Budget 2018/19 will invest $19.6 million across the Macedon Ranges towards building and upgrading schools.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas visited the Romsey Primary School to announce funding of $3.2 million for the Romsey Regeneration Project.

The project will investigate expanding Romsey Primary School from a P-6 to a P-9 and to upgrade and modernise facilities.

“At the moment students from Romsey must leave town to undertake their secondary education. Upgrading the school to year 9 would mean that local children will be able to commence their secondary education in familiar surrounds close to their homes,” Ms Thomas said.

“This is an incredibly exciting day for local students, families and teachers. The upgrades to Romsey’s facilities will make sure our hard working students and teachers have access to the best classrooms and the best facilities,” She added.

School principal, Loren Peavey, was ecstatic when she and her staff received the news from Ms Thomas of the $3.2 million funding – given that she was expecting an announcement of a $20,000 funding application.

“The funding will take our students and their studies into the 21st Century and deliver quality outcomes for their education,” Ms Peavey said.

Nearby, Riddells Creek Primary School will also share in the spoils with $2.2 million to upgrade and modernise facilities at the school.

$10 million was also announced for the Gisborne Primary School to upgrade and modernise facilities at the school including the demolition of the current, under-sized school gym, and replacing it with additional modern classrooms and a state of the art new competition grade gym.

“The massive budget boost to regional school funding will upgrade classrooms and school facilities across Victoria, helping teachers and giving more students the support they need to get the 21st century education they deserve and I look forward to seeing these upgrades being completed,” Ms Thomas said.

The Victorian School Building Authority will now start working with schools to determine the scope of their upgrades and how they can best be delivered.