First Grants for Schools Announced

May 7, 2009 12:26 pm

Building the Education Revolution Round 1 P21 Offers Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that six parish schools in the Diocese of Lismore have been successful in gaining Round 1 Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21) funding as part of the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution initiative. The approvals have been announced for the following schools: · St Mary’s Primary School, Bellingen: $850,000 for the refurbishment of its library and the construction of a covered outdoor learning area · St Finbarr’s Primary School, Byron Bay: $2m to construct a multi-purpose hall and to expand its existing library · Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School, South Lismore: $2m to construct a library and classrooms · St Joseph’s Primary School, Maclean: $850,000 to construct a multi-purpose hall · St Joseph’s Primary School, South Murwillumbah: $850,000 for the refurbishment of its multi-purpose hall and the construction of classrooms · St James Primary School, Yamba: $850,000 to construct a multi-purpose hall. Federal Member for Page, Ms Janelle Saffin attended Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School in South Lismore at 9 am on Thursday, 7 May 2009 to formally announce the approval of the school’s application for $2 million P21 funding as part of the Federal Government’s Economic Stimulus Package initiative. This money will be used to construct a library and classrooms for the students. Present for this announcement will be Fr Peter Karam, Parish Priest, Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, South Lismore, Mr Andrew Maslen, Assistant Principal (in the absence of Mrs Joy Ryan, Principal, who is currently on Long Service Leave) and Dr Paul Thornton, Assistant Director, Education Services, Catholic Education Office, Lismore. Fr Peter Karam has acknowledged the work of the Principal and staff in preparing the application for this program and the staff at the Catholic Education Office for their ongoing support in this and in all educational endeavours. This parish school has established a well-deserved reputation in the local area for its commitment to excellence in learning outcomes for all students and for its attention to the broad range of needs for all students in its care. It is with great appreciation that these parish schools in the Diocese of Lismore accept this funding. Dr Anne Wenham, Director of Catholic Schools has expressed her appreciation to the Federal Government for Round 1 P21 Funding and for the National School Pride funding already announced to each parish school in the Diocese, ‘ This funding will enable parish schools across the Diocese of Lismore to undertake building projects that will enhance the learning environments for students and teachers ‘“ we are confident that our parish schools will be well equipped to respond to the challenges of the Education Revolution. We are conscious that this funding has come to parish school communities as part of the Federal Government’s Economic Stimulus Package initiative and we will endeavour to use local trades people wherever possible on these building projects, to assist with the economic growth and jobs creation within the local communities.’