Page 379 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 14 February 2017

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families who have students in year 7 to year 10. The schools equity fund provides targeted assistance to low SES schools for a range of activities such as targeted literacy and numeracy programs, cultural events and establishing stronger community connections to encourage parent participation.

The student support fund supports individual students in areas such as clothing, food and cultural experiences and the tutorial support scheme provides funds for schools to implement targeted strategies and programs to meet individual the learning needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Through the future of education discussion paper, which I will speak about later this week, we will take a close look to make sure that these initiatives continue to support our children and young people to reach their full potential and to get the best outcomes through their education years.

MS CHEYNE: Minister, what investment has the government made in teaching and learning facilities available to students over the coming year?

MS BERRY: This government continues to invest in additional funding to ensure our learning facilities are continuing to improve for our students every year. We will continue to expand schools in the Gungahlin district through the schools capital upgrades program, which includes Harrison School, Amaroo School, Neville Bonner Primary School and Palmerston preschool.

The Belconnen High School modernisation program, which places an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics—STEM—curriculum programs will enable the school to continue to deliver modern facilities for students, staff and visitors and support enrolment demand in south Belconnen and the future development areas of Riverview and Molonglo.

Work is progressing at the Caroline Chisholm School on the centre for innovation and learning, which will deliver, science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs to students in the Tuggeranong school network. The new centre will include multipurpose learning spaces and state-of-the art equipment to support students enrolled at Caroline Chisholm School, feeder primary schools and the Tuggeranong school network as well as providing professional development to teachers from across the ACT public school system.

This, of course, is just a snapshot of some of the work that is going on across our schools. This year we also have new IT across our schools, which includes 2,625 new PCs delivered for teachers and expanded wireless in schools. ACT secondary schools are now the best connected in the country.

Of course, the $100 million commitment for upgrades to schools which was announced during last year’s election will continue this important work in building and further enhancing our learning spaces to support our teachers and students to achieve the best outcomes.

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