A state-of-the-art science facility that will prepare students for the the jobs of the future will be built at Scots All Saints Senior Campus, thanks to a $950,000 investment from the Australian Government’s Capital Grants Program.
The estimated $3 million Senior School STEM Centre will include four modern science laboratories and will be linked to a refurbished Design and Technology building.
“The Australian Government is providing record funding for Aussie schools – both public and independent,” Mr Gee said.
“This is a significant investment by the Australian Government, but I think it speaks to the importance and quality of the programs that Scots All Saints are developing for country students in the region,” he said.
“Australia’s future economic and social wellbeing has science, and more broadly STEM, at its core. That’s why the Australian Government is helping to provide new facilities, like the STEM Centre at Scots All Saint College, to enhance learning and ensure that our students are ready for whatever the future holds.
“It’s really important that we equip our country students for the industries of the future and the jobs of tomorrow, and STEM is going to be front and centre of that.
“Projects like this will produce students who will be well prepared to develop and build country Australia into the future and that’s money well spent.
“For example, we know that artificial intelligence is going to change the way we live. It’s vital that our students understand it because we’re going to be relying on the next generation to find ways to use it to make life better for our country. These centres will provide a marvellous grounding for that.”
The funding announcement is the second of its kind for Scots All Saints. The College received $700,000 in 2019 to build a STEM Centre on its junior campus, which is due for completion at the end of March.
“While the construction of these new centres is great news for our local education sector, it’s also great news for the region’s economy,” Mr Gee said.
"Hines Constructions estimate as many as 90 people have been working on the first Innovation Centre project alone, and I commend Hines Construction for their commitment to employing workers
and utilising local contractors where possible.”
Head of College John Weeks said the School is delighted with the latest funding announcements.
“The Senior School STEM Centre will be a $3 million investment in our students’ educational options and upon completion, ensure that students have outstanding facilities, resources and integrated programs from Prep to Year 12,” Mr Weeks said.
“This will see the construction of four modern science laboratories on the Senior School Campus and will be linked to a refurbished Design and Technology building to give students seamless access to senior sciences, engineering, design, visual arts, media and computer technologies.”
Minister Gee said the funding announcement is one of 158 projects approved for funding under the Capital Grants Program to commence in 2021.
“This is a competitive grants program, and the fact Scots All Saints has secured funding for the two centres (on both junior and senior campuses) is testament to the quality of their applications,” Mr Gee said.
Schools that want to learn more about the Capital Grants Program can visit https://www.education.gov.au/capital-grants-non-government-schools.