$10 million for upgrades to schools

Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green, right, delivering a box of apples to St Paul the Apostle Catholic Primary School principal Phil Doherty in recognition of World Teachers’ Day on Friday.

Upgrades for two non-government schools in the outer north are set to be fast-tracked with funding from the State Government’s Non-Government Schools Capital Fund.

St Paul the Apostle School in Doreen and Hume Anglican Grammar’s campus at Donnybrook will each receive $5 million under the funding program, Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green announced Friday.

St Paul the Apostle will receive $5 million in funding to expand the school, including a new free-standing, single-storey senior learning hub, expansion of the existing staff room and administration building, and a new multipurpose building with facilities to incorporate STEAM learning and a presentation space with a communal kitchen, toilets, office and storage.

The funding for Hume Anglican Grammar’s Donnybrook campus will go towards construction of an upper primary learning hub, including primary resource centre, learning areas, ancillary, support and staff spaces, car park extension, playground and open play area development, site works and landscaping.

Funding for 56 schools across the state has been estimated to provide nearly 800 jobs during construction and was bought forward to stimulate the economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The successful schools will be able to start construction on their upgrades within the next six months.

Ms Green said the investment was vital to Victoria’s economic recovery and creating jobs.

“These projects will help St Paul the Apostle and Hume Anglican Grammar to expand and grow to give local students and staff the best possible new facilities,” she said.

Minister for Education James Merlino said the government was keeping a promise to upgrade and build new non-government schools.

“Every child – no matter where they live or go to school – deserves the best facilities. That’s why we’re supporting government, Catholic and independent schools with record investment to give our kids the best education,” he said.