National School Pride delivers $3.7 million to 23 schools in the Diocese of Parramatta
The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, has announced that 3,496 Australian schools will receive $440 million under the second and final round of the National School Pride (NSP) program; a component of the Australian Government's $14.7 billion Building the Education Revolution.
Of this, all 23 Parramatta diocesan schools that were submitted in round two have been granted approval for a collective $3.7 million in NSP funding.
Under the National School Pride program, each eligible primary and secondary school will receive up to $200,000 based on the size of the school, for refurbishment and minor infrastructure works.
The National School Pride program is the largest school modernisation program in Australia’s history to support local jobs, stimulate every local economy and invest in important long term infrastructure.
The funding approved under round two is in addition to the $9.6 million that 53 diocesan schools received in round one of the NSP program last month. Many projects under round one have commenced and been completed and round two projects will begin as soon as possible.
Executive director of schools, Greg Whitby said he was pleased with the amount of successful schools in the Diocese of Parramatta that will receive NSP funding.
‘The $13.3 million in NSP funding will ensure that all 76 schools in the Diocese of Parramatta continue to provide quality Catholic schooling and every child receives a world class education,’ said Mr Whitby.
‘The refurbishment and upgrade of the school facilities will allow us to continue to meet the changing learning needs of our primary school students in today’s world.'
A variety of projects have been funded under this round, including the refurbishment of classrooms, gymnasiums, playing fields and playground equipment, refurbishments to special needs facilities and improvements for disability access, installation of waste water systems and solar panels.
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