15/9/2017

New classrooms and hospitality centre for Victory College

Students at Victory College in Gympie will cook up new career paths with a new Hospitality Centre and classrooms, thanks to funding from the Coalition Government announced today by Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham and Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien.

The Coalition Government contributed $355,000 through the Capital Grants Program towards the $1,565,284 project, which was used to construct a Hospitality Centre, including a cooking room, a preparation area, an office, a cool room, storage, a wash-up area, a veranda and a Secondary classroom.

“The Hospitality Centre will allow students to gain practical skills that will help them get a job in the fast-paced and growing hospitality industry, as well as encouraging them to expand their everyday knowledge of cooking and food hygiene,” Mr O’Brien said.

The funding was also used to build new Primary School facilities including two classrooms, two withdrawal areas, a storage area, two outdoor learning areas, an outdoor covered lunch area and a veranda.

“This funding will also create an improved environment for the younger students to learn and play, with new classrooms, a lunch area and outdoor learning areas for primary students.”

The Capital Grants Program provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure where they otherwise may not have access to sufficient capital resources. 

Minister Birmingham said students and the whole school community would benefit from these new facilities.

“These new learning spaces take into account the latest in education research and will see students learn more effectively.”

“The Coalition Government is also investing an additional $23.4 billion in Australia’s schools through the Gonski needs-based funding plan that will ensure students who need the most support, get the most support as quickly as possible.

“We’re delivering the real Gonski needs-based funding that Labor distorted with 27 special arrangements with states and territories and sectors.”

Minister Birmingham said the Government’s recurrent funding growth will be tied to a range of evidence-based initiatives to support students by focussing on outcomes in literacy, numeracy and STEM subjects, helping lift teacher quality and better preparing our children for life after school.

“While buildings alone do not make a great school, I hope students and staff will enjoy learning and be inspired by these new facilities,” Minister Birmingham said.

“The Australian Government is committed to improving the quality of our schools and equipping students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.”

For more information on the Quality Schools reform package visit: www.education.gov.au/qualityschools