12 February 2021
Students at Wellington Christian School will benefit from a new area for STEM projects and the upgrade of existing facilities thanks $650,000 in Australian Government funding awarded under the Capital Grants Program.
Minister Gee said Minister Gee said the Capital Grants Program, which provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure, is making a real difference at Wellington Christian School.
“The Australian Government is providing record funding to our Aussie Schools and Wellington Christian School is putting this vital grants funding to extremely good use, creating an indoor and outdoor area specifically for Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities and Project Based Learning,” Minister Gee said.
“The funding will also go towards a new administrative hub and amenities block, and upgrades to the school’s library, multipurpose area and meeting rooms.
“Australia’s future economic and social wellbeing has science, and more broadly STEM, at its core. We know for example, that artificial intelligence is going to dramatically change the way we live. It’s critical that we equip our country students with the skills they need to build our country communities and keep them strong for future generations.”
“That is why the Australia Government is supporting important projects, like the extension of Wellington Christian School’s STEM space, to enhance learning and ensure that our students are ready for whatever the future holds.
“Our Government is ensuring that every child gets a quality education no matter where they go to school - that’s why we are proud of the Capital Grants Program, which has benefited thousands of schools across the nation.
“I congratulate Wellington Christian School on their successful grant application and look forward to seeing the benefits of this project flow onto students and teachers.”
Principal of Wellington Christian School, Ms Jo Blatch, says the Australian Government’s funding will make a huge contribution to the school’s future.
“With a strong connection to nature and the Wiradjuri land our school is built upon, our plan is to refurbish and repurpose some of our existing buildings to become a Connected Community Learning Hub, incorporating Flexible Learning Spaces, Library and Technology Hub and large Community Space. In addition will be a safe, welcoming Reception area and a multipurpose Indoor/Outdoor Maker Space. This central hub will be filled with natural light and will have connection to the outdoors through large windows and glass doors.
“Our new Community Learning Hub will enable our students’ learning needs to be met in innovative and flexible ways, building on the successful practices of our committed and talented staff,” Ms Blatch said.
Minister Gee said the funding announcement is one of 158 projects approved for funding under the Capital Grants Program to commence in 2021.
Schools that want to learn more about the Capital Grants Program can visit https://www.education.gov.au/capital-grants-non-government-schools.