Funding for our local public schools

Schools are closed but the work continues for our trades people as they set their tools to improving our public education facilities. 

The families and teaching staff from our local schools will be glad to know the State Government is providing the following financial support. 

Preschool Maintenance Grant  

Earlier this year, government preschools received $20,000 grants to be spent during the 2020 calendar year on urgent maintenance projects on their sites. This was an opportunity to engage local small businesses and tradespeople in their local community, providing jobs and stimulus to the economy, as well as welcome improvements to our preschool sites. 

The 2020/21 State Budget provides each government preschool with a further $30,000 grant to undertake further priority maintenance work over the coming year.  

The following will be receiving these funds: 

  • Belair Jean Bonython Kindergarten 
  • Blackwood Kindergarten 
  • Coromandel Valley Kindergarten 
  • Eden Hills Kindergarten 
  • Hawthorndene Kindergarten 
  • Mitcham Village Kindergarten 
  • Netherby Kindergarten 

 

Complexity Grants

Public schools will shortly receive the first instalment of their share of an extra $15 million per year committed across South Australia to help reduce teacher workload relating to complexity in the classroom.  The funding is directly targeted to provide extra support for schools with high levels of complexity present. 

Year 7 Ready Grants 

Year 7 students are moving from Primary School to High School across the public system (for those schools that have not already undertaken the transition) from Term 1, 2022.  

Many schools already have significant capital works projects underway and those projects include provision to support these Year 7s in those schools. These schools will receive $2,000 per anticipated Year 7 class to assist with materials as may be needed.  

For remaining Government High Schools - those which do not currently have a project in the capital works program - they will receive grants of $15,000 per anticipated Year 7 class. Schools will use the grants to update learning facilities and equipment, which may include painting walls, replacing carpet, installing lockers, preparing outdoor spaces or purchasing furniture and textbooks, as appropriate to help prepare for incoming Year 7 students in 2022.  

The following will be receiving these funds: 

  • Belair Primary School will receive $24,363 complexity funding 
  • Blackwood High School will receive $38,292 complexity funding and a $20,000 Year 7 Ready Grant 
  • Blackwood Primary School will receive $16,599 complexity funding 
  • Coromandel Valley Primary School will receive $16,063 complexity funding 
  • Eden Hills Primary School will receive $9,551 complexity funding 
  • Hawthorndene Primary School will receive $15,706 complexity funding 
  • Mitcham Girls High School will receive $21,503 complexity funding Mitcham Primary School will receive $21,760 complexity funding 
  • Unley High School will receive $43,721 complexity funding and a $24,000 Year 7 Ready Grant 
  • Urrbrae Agricultural High School will receive $42,070 complexity funding and a $20,000 Year 7 Ready Grant 

Combined funding of $313,928 

Major Capital Works Program: 

Mitcham Girls High School, Urrbrae Agricultural High School and Blackwood High School will receive a combined $24M capital works program being undertaken to create additional specialist learning areas, including art, technology, dance, health and physical education spaces. 

The following will be receiving these funds: 

  • Urrbrae Agricultural High School will receive $10 million for a new middle school centre for Years 7, 8 and 9. 
  • Mitcham Girls High School will receive $5 million for a new building that features classrooms and multipurpose spaces, including a fitness centre, small reception area, change room facility, toilets and external decking. 
  • Blackwood High School will receive $9 million for building general and specialist classrooms, including art, technology, dance, health and physical education spaces, staff areas and amenities. 
  • Unley High School has received $32 million for new works and refurbishment of existing facilities to accommodate 1,700 students on the site with construction of a new three-story building and a covered outdoor learning area, amphitheater, landscaping and seating.  

Combined funding of over $56 million 

Maintenance Funding 

A grant of between $20,000 and $100,000 will be provided for all Government schools to undertake priority maintenance work in 2021.  

  • Blackwood Primary School received $135,000 in funds earlier in the year for ongoing building works. 
  • Blackwood High School $20,000 
  • Belair Primary School $20,000 
  • Blackwood Primary School $70,000 
  • Coromandel Valley Primary School $70,000 
  • Eden Hills Primary School $70,000 
  • Hawthorndene Primary School $70,000 
  • Mitcham Girls High School $20,000 
  • Mitcham Primary School $20,000 
  • Unley High School $20,000 
  • Urrbrae Agricultural High School $20,000 

Combined funding over $535,000 

Music Innovation Fund 

As someone who is tone deaf, I am delighted to advise the following schools have successfully received: 

  • Blackwood High School $4,000 to support their Electronic/Digital Music program.  
  • Netherby Kindergarten $2,500 to support their Musical Education initiative.  

 

The Music Innovation Fund is a key part of the government's broader Music Education Strategy, which aims to provide high-quality music education to all children and young people in South Australia.  

Quality music education, through its range of cognitive and non-cognitive benefits, enables and inspires learning across the curriculum. It supports and reinforces the development of literacy and numeracy skills as well as the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.  

I look forward to seeing the next generation enjoy these long overdue funding requirements and encourage you to congratulate your local schools and encourage them to apply for a grant in early 2021.  

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