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More Classrooms For Our Kids With 15 New Schools Fast-tracked

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with delivering the largest ever new school building project in Victoria, with Premier Daniel Andrews today announcing opening dates for 15 brand new schools in our state’s fastest growing areas. Mr Andrews today joined Minister for Education James Merlino and Parliamentary Secretary for Education Judith Graley at the new Casey Central East Primary School site in Cranbourne to confirm opening dates for the 15 new schools across the 2017 and 2018 school years. The new schools – totalling $291 million – will be designed, financed, built and maintained for 25 years under the New Schools Public Private Partnership Project. The Labor Government fast-tracked and expanded the New Schools PPP Project in February this year, adding two additional schools, to deliver new schools earlier for the communities that need them the most. Additional community facilities and programs will be incorporated into each design, transforming every school into a community hub. In the areas of highest population growth, additional permanent classrooms will also be built, to give our communities the certainty they need. The former Liberal Government halved funding for new schools and upgrades, leaving our local school system over-crowded and under-resourced. Schools to open for Term 1, 2017 include: Casey Central East Primary School (Cranbourne North) Cranbourne South West Primary School (Cranbourne West) Heather Grove Primary School (Clyde North) Epping North Primary School (Epping North) Mernda Central Prep – Year 12 School (Mernda) – including primary and secondary school components Mernda South Primary School (Mernda) Pakenham South West Primary School (Pakenham) Point Cook South Prep – Year 9 School (Point Cook) Schools to open for Term 1, 2018 include: Armstrong Creek Education Precinct (Armstrong Creek) – including Armstrong Creek Special School and Armstrong Creek Primary School Bannockburn Prep – Year 12 School (Bannockburn) – including primary and secondary school components North Geelong Special Developmental School (Hamlyn Heights) Torquay North Primary School (Torquay North) Mr Andrews also announced Learning Communities Victoria as the preferred bidder selected to enter into final negotiations to build and maintain the 15 brand new schools. Learning Communities Victoria brings together significant expertise, including Amber as sponsor, ClarkeHopkinsClarke as architect, Watpac as builder, Spotless as facilities manager and YMCA and CERES as community partners. YMCA and CERES will run community and environmental programs at each school. In line with the Labor Government’s Special Needs Plan, school design will support new options for students with a disability, including an inclusive education precinct at Armstrong Creek and a special developmental school in North Geelong. Final negotiations with Learning Communities Victoria will now commence. The contract is expected to be signed in late October, with construction of the first group of schools scheduled to begin by the end of this year. Local School Reference Groups will be established for each school in the year prior to opening, providing a link between the Project and the broader community during the initial planning and construction stage. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We’re getting on with building more new schools earlier, so parents in our fastest growing communities have certainty and kids get the facilities they deserve.” “We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so that every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Using the PPP model brings together the best expertise and means our teachers and principals can focus on giving every child a world class education.” “The previous Liberal Government halved funding for new schools and upgrades, which neglected communities and families in our fastest growing areas.” Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley “We committed to building a new school for this community in 2009, but under the previous Liberal Government all we saw was inaction for four years.” “The Andrews Labor Government is prioritising this school, which means it will open its doors to our kids in 2017.”   Download DOCX (100 Kb)

More Classrooms For Our Kids With 15 New Schools Fast-tracked

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with delivering the largest ever new school building project in Victoria, with Premier Daniel Andrews today announcing opening dates for 15 brand new schools in our state’s fastest growing areas. Mr Andrews today joined Minister for Education James Merlino and Parliamentary Secretary for Education Judith Graley at the new Casey Central East Primary School site in Cranbourne to confirm opening dates for the 15 new schools across the 2017 and 2018 school years. The new schools – totalling $291 million – will be designed, financed, built and maintained for 25 years under the New Schools Public Private Partnership Project. The Labor Government fast-tracked and expanded the New Schools PPP Project in February this year, adding two additional schools, to deliver new schools earlier for the communities that need them the most. Additional community facilities and programs will be incorporated into each design, transforming every school into a community hub. In the areas of highest population growth, additional permanent classrooms will also be built, to give our communities the certainty they need. The former Liberal Government halved funding for new schools and upgrades, leaving our local school system over-crowded and under-resourced. Schools to open for Term 1, 2017 include: Casey Central East Primary School (Cranbourne North) Cranbourne South West Primary School (Cranbourne West) Heather Grove Primary School (Clyde North) Epping North Primary School (Epping North) Mernda Central Prep – Year 12 School (Mernda) – including primary and secondary school components Mernda South Primary School (Mernda) Pakenham South West Primary School (Pakenham) Point Cook South Prep – Year 9 School (Point Cook) Schools to open for Term 1, 2018 include: Armstrong Creek Education Precinct (Armstrong Creek) – including Armstrong Creek Special School and Armstrong Creek Primary School Bannockburn Prep – Year 12 School (Bannockburn) – including primary and secondary school components North Geelong Special Developmental School (Hamlyn Heights) Torquay North Primary School (Torquay North) Mr Andrews also announced Learning Communities Victoria as the preferred bidder selected to enter into final negotiations to build and maintain the 15 brand new schools. Learning Communities Victoria brings together significant expertise, including Amber as sponsor, ClarkeHopkinsClarke as architect, Watpac as builder, Spotless as facilities manager and YMCA and CERES as community partners. YMCA and CERES will run community and environmental programs at each school. In line with the Labor Government’s Special Needs Plan, school design will support new options for students with a disability, including an inclusive education precinct at Armstrong Creek and a special developmental school in North Geelong. Final negotiations with Learning Communities Victoria will now commence. The contract is expected to be signed in late October, with construction of the first group of schools scheduled to begin by the end of this year. Local School Reference Groups will be established for each school in the year prior to opening, providing a link between the Project and the broader community during the initial planning and construction stage. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We’re getting on with building more new schools earlier, so parents in our fastest growing communities have certainty and kids get the facilities they deserve.” “We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so that every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Using the PPP model brings together the best expertise and means our teachers and principals can focus on giving every child a world class education.” “The previous Liberal Government halved funding for new schools and upgrades, which neglected communities and families in our fastest growing areas.” Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley “We committed to building a new school for this community in 2009, but under the previous Liberal Government all we saw was inaction for four years.” “The Andrews Labor Government is prioritising this school, which means it will open its doors to our kids in 2017.”   Download DOCX (100 Kb)

Ferrars St Primary School On Track

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with delivering a new primary school in Ferrars Street, after the former Liberal Government failed to provide any funding to build to a school and botched planning in Fisherman’s Bend. Minister for Education James Merlino today  joined Member for Albert Park Martin Foley at the proposed site of the new primary school to review the school’s interim master plan. Mr Merlino also spoke with members of the Ferrars Street Planning Committee, which includes local parents and principals as well as representatives from the City of Port Phillip who are planning community facilities and children’s services on site. Other planning underway is looking at streetscapes, open space and upgrades to two tram stops. A precinct plan will be completed for public comment late this year. The proposed school forms part of the broader Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area (FBURA), which is expected to accommodate around 40,000 jobs over the next 30 years. The site and the FBURA development present a unique opportunity to explore the delivery of an integrated, co-located and vertical school. In addition to the purchase of the site, $5 million has already been committed for contamination removal works, demolition of existing buildings and master planning for the new school. Recognising growing enrolment pressure on schools in the area, the Labor Government has committed $11.5 million to build a new South Melbourne Park Primary School, $2.3 million to refurbish a building in Port Melbourne as a campus for Albert Park College, $10 million to upgrade Elwood College and to build a High School for Prahan. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re working closely with the local community and the City of Port Phillip to shape our shared vision for the new primary school, as well as the wider Fisherman’s Bend Precinct.”  “We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.” Quotes attributable to Member for Albert Park Martin Foley “After four years of botched planning and inaction by the former Liberal Government, we are getting on with delivering a new school in Ferrars St.” “There are several major apartment developments planned for Fisherman’s Bend and we are getting in early to make sure there is a school from the outset.” Download PDF (329 Kb)

Ferrars St Primary School On Track

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with delivering a new primary school in Ferrars Street, after the former Liberal Government failed to provide any funding to build to a school and botched planning in Fisherman’s Bend. Minister for Education James Merlino today  joined Member for Albert Park Martin Foley at the proposed site of the new primary school to review the school’s interim master plan. Mr Merlino also spoke with members of the Ferrars Street Planning Committee, which includes local parents and principals as well as representatives from the City of Port Phillip who are planning community facilities and children’s services on site. Other planning underway is looking at streetscapes, open space and upgrades to two tram stops. A precinct plan will be completed for public comment late this year. The proposed school forms part of the broader Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area (FBURA), which is expected to accommodate around 40,000 jobs over the next 30 years. The site and the FBURA development present a unique opportunity to explore the delivery of an integrated, co-located and vertical school. In addition to the purchase of the site, $5 million has already been committed for contamination removal works, demolition of existing buildings and master planning for the new school. Recognising growing enrolment pressure on schools in the area, the Labor Government has committed $11.5 million to build a new South Melbourne Park Primary School, $2.3 million to refurbish a building in Port Melbourne as a campus for Albert Park College, $10 million to upgrade Elwood College and to build a High School for Prahan. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re working closely with the local community and the City of Port Phillip to shape our shared vision for the new primary school, as well as the wider Fisherman’s Bend Precinct.”  “We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.” Quotes attributable to Member for Albert Park Martin Foley “After four years of botched planning and inaction by the former Liberal Government, we are getting on with delivering a new school in Ferrars St.” “There are several major apartment developments planned for Fisherman’s Bend and we are getting in early to make sure there is a school from the outset.” Download PDF (329 Kb)

Future Sports Stars Kicking Goals

Australia’s sports stars of tomorrow were celebrated today with Minister for Education James Merlino inducting twelve students from Maribyrnong Sports Academy into its Australian Representation Honour Wall. The students were recognised as a result of selection in national sports teams since the last induction in 2014. Mr Merlino toured the Academy and took part in the naming of a new Quad Scull boat in conjunction with Footscray City Rowing Club. The Academy was the first sports specialist school established by the former Labor Government when it opened in 2007 with 62 athletes across five sports. It has grown to more than 500 athletes across 12 sports, with the student athletes coming from all over Victoria and interstate. Students attend Maribyrnong College for their academic studies and the Sports Academy for their sporting development. Over the past 9 years, the College and Sports Academy have produced athletes who have represented their nation at the Olympic and Commonwealth games, as well as world cups and world championships. Thirty former student athletes have progressed to US College pathways, with some achieving All American selection in national teams. More than 50 community sporting organisations use facilities at the College and Sports Academy after hours every day of the week. The 2015-16 Victorian Budget invests almost $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history. The Budget provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools. It will fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools. It also includes $180 million for programs that will help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out. A full list of the new inductees is attached. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Maribyrnong College is a great example of how Victorian children are being supported to reach their full potential, both in the classroom and on the sporting field.” “Congratulations to the school leadership team, staff, the Sports Academy Advisory Board and School Council for their vision and work in developing an Academy for sporting excellence and education in Victoria.” “We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has access to great local schools and every child gets the chance to succeed.”   2015 Australian Honour Wall inductees MIKAYLA ADAM AUSTRALIAN U/21 YOUTH GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TEAM – 2014 LARA ADAM AUSTRALIAN YOUTH GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TEAM – 2015 JACK BYTEL SCHOOL SPORT AUSTRALIA 15 YEARS & UNDER AFL TEAM – 2015 MADELINE GOODSELL AUSTRALIAN U/21 JUNIOR TABLE TENNIS TEAM – 2014 COURTNEY MUSICO AFL GIRLS ACADEMY – 2014 PINO GEORGIEVSKI SPORTS TAEKWONDO AUSTRALIA COMMONWEALTH CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM – 2015 ANNABEL MARTIN FOOTBALL FEDERATION AUSTRALIA U20 YOUNG MATILDA – 2015 AMELIA MAZZA-DOWNIE ATHLETICS AUSTRALIA TEAM : WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS – 2015 ALEXANDER (AJ) McCONVILLE ICE HOCKEY AUSTRALIA 13 YEARS & UNDER TEAM – 2015 DANIEL MOTT SCHOOL SPORT AUSTRALIA 15 YEARS & UNDER AFL TEAM 2015 CELESTE MUCCI ATHLETICS AUSTRALIA TEAM : WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS – 2015 FRED PACE SPORTS TAEKWONDO AUSTRALIA CADET TEAM – 2015   Download PDF (345 Kb)

Future Sports Stars Kicking Goals

Australia’s sports stars of tomorrow were celebrated today with Minister for Education James Merlino inducting twelve students from Maribyrnong Sports Academy into its Australian Representation Honour Wall. The students were recognised as a result of selection in national sports teams since the last induction in 2014. Mr Merlino toured the Academy and took part in the naming of a new Quad Scull boat in conjunction with Footscray City Rowing Club. The Academy was the first sports specialist school established by the former Labor Government when it opened in 2007 with 62 athletes across five sports. It has grown to more than 500 athletes across 12 sports, with the student athletes coming from all over Victoria and interstate. Students attend Maribyrnong College for their academic studies and the Sports Academy for their sporting development. Over the past 9 years, the College and Sports Academy have produced athletes who have represented their nation at the Olympic and Commonwealth games, as well as world cups and world championships. Thirty former student athletes have progressed to US College pathways, with some achieving All American selection in national teams. More than 50 community sporting organisations use facilities at the College and Sports Academy after hours every day of the week. The 2015-16 Victorian Budget invests almost $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history. The Budget provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools. It will fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools. It also includes $180 million for programs that will help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out. A full list of the new inductees is attached. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Maribyrnong College is a great example of how Victorian children are being supported to reach their full potential, both in the classroom and on the sporting field.” “Congratulations to the school leadership team, staff, the Sports Academy Advisory Board and School Council for their vision and work in developing an Academy for sporting excellence and education in Victoria.” “We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has access to great local schools and every child gets the chance to succeed.”   2015 Australian Honour Wall inductees MIKAYLA ADAM AUSTRALIAN U/21 YOUTH GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TEAM – 2014 LARA ADAM AUSTRALIAN YOUTH GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TEAM – 2015 JACK BYTEL SCHOOL SPORT AUSTRALIA 15 YEARS & UNDER AFL TEAM – 2015 MADELINE GOODSELL AUSTRALIAN U/21 JUNIOR TABLE TENNIS TEAM – 2014 COURTNEY MUSICO AFL GIRLS ACADEMY – 2014 PINO GEORGIEVSKI SPORTS TAEKWONDO AUSTRALIA COMMONWEALTH CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM – 2015 ANNABEL MARTIN FOOTBALL FEDERATION AUSTRALIA U20 YOUNG MATILDA – 2015 AMELIA MAZZA-DOWNIE ATHLETICS AUSTRALIA TEAM : WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS – 2015 ALEXANDER (AJ) McCONVILLE ICE HOCKEY AUSTRALIA 13 YEARS & UNDER TEAM – 2015 DANIEL MOTT SCHOOL SPORT AUSTRALIA 15 YEARS & UNDER AFL TEAM 2015 CELESTE MUCCI ATHLETICS AUSTRALIA TEAM : WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS – 2015 FRED PACE SPORTS TAEKWONDO AUSTRALIA CADET TEAM – 2015   Download PDF (345 Kb)

Building The Education State In Ballarat

The Andrews Labor Government is refurbishing Delacombe Primary School and giving its students the best chance in life. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight today visited the school to discuss the $2 million refurbishment, as part of a tour of schools and educational services across Ballarat. The $2 million in funding, secured in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget, will be used to replace storm-damaged relocatables with permanent classrooms, a build a new toilet block and purpose-built outdoor learning space. The Budget invests almost $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history. The Budget provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools. It will fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools. It also includes $180 million for programs that will help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out. Prior to visiting Delacombe Primary, Mr Merlino kicked off the day in Ballarat with a visit to Yuille Park P-8 Community College, followed by a visit to the Ballarat Secondary College-run Young Parents Program. Over the past seven years, the program – which operates out of the Delacombe Learning and Education Centre – has supported more than 100 young disadvantaged mothers complete their secondary education.  Last year, the program took out the Community and Families category at the prestigious Victorian Education Excellence Awards. Mr Merlino also visited Ballarat High School and then rounded off his all-day tour with a visit to Ballarat Specialist School, where he also took time to see and learn about the school’s popular Early Learning Centre. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.” “Ballarat schools are a great example of how Victorian children are being supported to reach their full potential, no matter what their background.” Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “We’re refurbishing Delacombe Primary School and giving its students the safe, modern and comfortable classrooms that they need to learn.” Download PDF (331 Kb)

Building The Education State In Ballarat

The Andrews Labor Government is refurbishing Delacombe Primary School and giving its students the best chance in life. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight today visited the school to discuss the $2 million refurbishment, as part of a tour of schools and educational services across Ballarat. The $2 million in funding, secured in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget, will be used to replace storm-damaged relocatables with permanent classrooms, a build a new toilet block and purpose-built outdoor learning space. The Budget invests almost $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history. The Budget provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools. It will fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools. It also includes $180 million for programs that will help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out. Prior to visiting Delacombe Primary, Mr Merlino kicked off the day in Ballarat with a visit to Yuille Park P-8 Community College, followed by a visit to the Ballarat Secondary College-run Young Parents Program. Over the past seven years, the program – which operates out of the Delacombe Learning and Education Centre – has supported more than 100 young disadvantaged mothers complete their secondary education.  Last year, the program took out the Community and Families category at the prestigious Victorian Education Excellence Awards. Mr Merlino also visited Ballarat High School and then rounded off his all-day tour with a visit to Ballarat Specialist School, where he also took time to see and learn about the school’s popular Early Learning Centre. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.” “Ballarat schools are a great example of how Victorian children are being supported to reach their full potential, no matter what their background.” Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “We’re refurbishing Delacombe Primary School and giving its students the safe, modern and comfortable classrooms that they need to learn.” Download PDF (331 Kb)

Minister Visits Belgrave South Primary School

Minister for Education and Member for Monbulk, James Merlino, today visited Belgrave South Primary to give students an insight into life in the Andrews Labor Government. Mr Merlino spoke to Year 6 students about the Government’s areas of responsibility – including education, health, transport, housing and community services – as well as his role as a Minister and as Deputy Premier. As part of their studies, Year 6 students spend a term looking at the roles and responsibilities of each level of government and how laws are made. Belgrave South Primary invites a representative from each level of government to speak to students about how and why people choose politics as a career, the topics currently being debated in parliament and legislation in the pipeline. The 2015-16 Victorian Budget invests almost $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history. The Budget provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools. It will fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools. It also includes $180 million for programs that will help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out. Hundreds of Victorians shared their ideas and experiences in the Education State consultations which concluded earlier this month. Announcements about future education initiatives will be made in the coming months. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Belgrave South Primary is a great example of how Victorian children are being supported to reach their full potential, no matter what their background.” “I’d like to recognise Principal Kerryn Baillie and the teachers and support staff for their great commitment to students and families.” “We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.” Download PDF (329 Kb)

Minister Visits Belgrave South Primary School

Minister for Education and Member for Monbulk, James Merlino, today visited Belgrave South Primary to give students an insight into life in the Andrews Labor Government. Mr Merlino spoke to Year 6 students about the Government’s areas of responsibility – including education, health, transport, housing and community services – as well as his role as a Minister and as Deputy Premier. As part of their studies, Year 6 students spend a term looking at the roles and responsibilities of each level of government and how laws are made. Belgrave South Primary invites a representative from each level of government to speak to students about how and why people choose politics as a career, the topics currently being debated in parliament and legislation in the pipeline. The 2015-16 Victorian Budget invests almost $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history. The Budget provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools. It will fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools. It also includes $180 million for programs that will help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out. Hundreds of Victorians shared their ideas and experiences in the Education State consultations which concluded earlier this month. Announcements about future education initiatives will be made in the coming months. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Belgrave South Primary is a great example of how Victorian children are being supported to reach their full potential, no matter what their background.” “I’d like to recognise Principal Kerryn Baillie and the teachers and support staff for their great commitment to students and families.” “We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.” Download PDF (329 Kb)

Constitution A Hot Topic For Student Debate

Students from two schools in Melbourne’s northern suburbs today enjoyed their first taste of parliamentary debate as they battled it out in a regional forum. Minister for Education James Merlino delivered the closing address at the 2015 Regional Schools’ Constitution Convention following a day of lively discussion at Lalor Secondary College. The convention – which featured 120 students in Year 9 to 12 – from Lalor Secondary College and Camberwell Grammar School – is one of six taking place across Victoria. The aim of the one-day conferences is to bring together students from across Victoria to discuss different aspects of the constitution that are important to their school communities. Student teams watched as their selected representatives presented arguments on the topic, “Should rights, especially of marginalised groups, be protected under the Australian Constitution? If so, how?” Students conducted thorough research prior to the convention to learn more about the topic and inform their views on the key issues. This year, six Victorian schools will host Regional Schools’ Constitution Conventions: Lalor Secondary College, Bendigo Secondary College, Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School, Mater Christi College, Sunbury College and Mount Alexander College. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Regional Schools’ State Constitutional Conventions allows students to have their voice heard and promotes understanding of our democratic processes.” Quote attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “The conventions give students the opportunity to develop as active and informed citizens, which is key to a healthy and thriving democracy.” Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “The Andrews Labor Government is committed to improving civics and citizenship so that all Victorian children and young people have the knowledge and skills to contribute to our multicultural society.” Download PDF (327 Kb)

Constitution A Hot Topic For Student Debate

Students from two schools in Melbourne’s northern suburbs today enjoyed their first taste of parliamentary debate as they battled it out in a regional forum. Minister for Education James Merlino delivered the closing address at the 2015 Regional Schools’ Constitution Convention following a day of lively discussion at Lalor Secondary College. The convention – which featured 120 students in Year 9 to 12 – from Lalor Secondary College and Camberwell Grammar School – is one of six taking place across Victoria. The aim of the one-day conferences is to bring together students from across Victoria to discuss different aspects of the constitution that are important to their school communities. Student teams watched as their selected representatives presented arguments on the topic, “Should rights, especially of marginalised groups, be protected under the Australian Constitution? If so, how?” Students conducted thorough research prior to the convention to learn more about the topic and inform their views on the key issues. This year, six Victorian schools will host Regional Schools’ Constitution Conventions: Lalor Secondary College, Bendigo Secondary College, Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School, Mater Christi College, Sunbury College and Mount Alexander College. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Regional Schools’ State Constitutional Conventions allows students to have their voice heard and promotes understanding of our democratic processes.” Quote attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “The conventions give students the opportunity to develop as active and informed citizens, which is key to a healthy and thriving democracy.” Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “The Andrews Labor Government is committed to improving civics and citizenship so that all Victorian children and young people have the knowledge and skills to contribute to our multicultural society.” Download PDF (327 Kb)

Minister Officially Opens Dallas Campus Of Sirius College

Minister for Education, James Merlino, today officially opened the sixth campus of Sirius College, in Dallas. The first official campus of the non-denominational college opened in 1997 with 28 students. The college now has more than 2300 students from 25 different ethnic and religious backgrounds across its six campuses. The Dallas Campus opened at the start of this year. The 2015-16 Victorian Budget invests almost $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history. It includes a $120 million grants program to build and upgrade Catholic and Independent schools across the state, matching dollar-for-dollar the non-government sector’s contribution. Applications will open later this year. The Budget also includes $180 million for programs that will help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Since it first opened 18 years ago, Sirius College has gone from strength to strength. With campuses from Sunshine to Shepparton, Sirius College is a great example of how our education system helps young Victorians to excel, no matter what their background.” “We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.” Quotes attributable to Member for Broadmeadows Frank McGuire “Attitude, education and opportunity largely determines where everyone ends up in life, so we welcome today’s expansion of Sirius College and the Labor Government’s commitment to build Victoria into the Education State.” Download PDF (329 Kb)

Minister Officially Opens Dallas Campus Of Sirius College

Minister for Education, James Merlino, today officially opened the sixth campus of Sirius College, in Dallas. The first official campus of the non-denominational college opened in 1997 with 28 students. The college now has more than 2300 students from 25 different ethnic and religious backgrounds across its six campuses. The Dallas Campus opened at the start of this year. The 2015-16 Victorian Budget invests almost $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history. It includes a $120 million grants program to build and upgrade Catholic and Independent schools across the state, matching dollar-for-dollar the non-government sector’s contribution. Applications will open later this year. The Budget also includes $180 million for programs that will help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Since it first opened 18 years ago, Sirius College has gone from strength to strength. With campuses from Sunshine to Shepparton, Sirius College is a great example of how our education system helps young Victorians to excel, no matter what their background.” “We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.” Quotes attributable to Member for Broadmeadows Frank McGuire “Attitude, education and opportunity largely determines where everyone ends up in life, so we welcome today’s expansion of Sirius College and the Labor Government’s commitment to build Victoria into the Education State.” Download PDF (329 Kb)

Minister Visits University Park Primary School

Minister for Education James Merlino today visited University Park Primary School in St Albans to tour the school and meet students and staff. The school’s strong focus on teaching literacy and numeracy has seen it develop a Love of Literacy program with 10 local early years services. Through a partnership with nearby schools, University Park Primary is implementing Melbourne University Professor John Hattie’s work around Visible Learning. The 2015-16 Victorian Budget invests almost $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history. The Budget provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools. It will fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools. It also includes $180 million for programs that will help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out. For Victoria to become the Education State, it is vital that all Victorians join in the Education State consultation and share their ideas and aspirations for our education system. Head to www.educationstate.education.vic.gov.au to join the conversation. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “University Park Primary is a great example of how Victorian children are being supported to reach their full potential, no matter what their background.” “We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.” Quote attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “I’d like to recognise Principal Andrea Federico and the teachers and support staff for their great commitment to students and families.” Download PDF (329 Kb)

Minister Visits University Park Primary School

Minister for Education James Merlino today visited University Park Primary School in St Albans to tour the school and meet students and staff. The school’s strong focus on teaching literacy and numeracy has seen it develop a Love of Literacy program with 10 local early years services. Through a partnership with nearby schools, University Park Primary is implementing Melbourne University Professor John Hattie’s work around Visible Learning. The 2015-16 Victorian Budget invests almost $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history. The Budget provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools. It will fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools. It also includes $180 million for programs that will help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out. For Victoria to become the Education State, it is vital that all Victorians join in the Education State consultation and share their ideas and aspirations for our education system. Head to www.educationstate.education.vic.gov.au to join the conversation. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “University Park Primary is a great example of how Victorian children are being supported to reach their full potential, no matter what their background.” “We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.” Quote attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “I’d like to recognise Principal Andrea Federico and the teachers and support staff for their great commitment to students and families.” Download PDF (329 Kb)

 

New Curriculum Supports Students To Build Healthy Relationships And Understanding

The Andrews Labor Government will introduce respectful relationships education into the school curriculum from next year to support students to learn how to build healthy relationships, understand global cultures, ethics and traditions, and to prevent family violence. Respectful relationships education will be included in the curriculum from 2016 in Prep through to Year 10. It will focus on challenging negative attitudes such as prejudice, discrimination and harassment, that can lead to violence, often against women. The state-wide introduction of respectful relationships education follows a pilot program in 30 Victorian schools. The Labor Government is committed to addressing family violence, promoting gender equity and ensuring contemporary education for children and families. Schools will receive training and guidance to deliver the curriculum content. The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) will develop resources to support teachers. The Government is also recognising the importance of world histories, cultures, and ethics. As part of the new Victorian Curriculum, this new content will be delivered by qualified teachers in all government schools. These changes will help ensure Victoria remains a successful multicultural society and strengthen our diversity, one of our state’s greatest assets. The capacity of our young people to understand others, including other world views, and to act with tolerance and respect, is an essential skill. As part of these changes, from the start of Term 1, 2016, Special Religious Instruction (SRI) will be moved to lunchtimes or before or after school, freeing up 30 minutes of valuable class time per week. Currently, while up to 20 per cent of primary school students participate in SRI, other students are missing out on essential learning time. The move means that teachers and students will be able to focus on core curriculum, learning the lessons and skills they need to be their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re giving students the lessons and knowledge they need to understand the world around them, which will help them to grow and be their best.” “Understanding the diversity of our world is so important to the success of students and it deserves a proper place in our school curriculum.” Quotes attributable to Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson “Gender inequality is one of the underlying causes of family violence. We need to address discrimination and teach equality as part of preventing family violence.” “Teaching healthy, respectful relationships is key to preventing violence. We’re including it in the curriculum so that every Victorian school teaches students these important skills and lessons.” Download PDF (327 Kb)

New Curriculum Supports Students To Build Healthy Relationships And Understanding

The Andrews Labor Government will introduce respectful relationships education into the school curriculum from next year to support students to learn how to build healthy relationships, understand global cultures, ethics and traditions, and to prevent family violence. Respectful relationships education will be included in the curriculum from 2016 in Prep through to Year 10. It will focus on challenging negative attitudes such as prejudice, discrimination and harassment, that can lead to violence, often against women. The state-wide introduction of respectful relationships education follows a pilot program in 30 Victorian schools. The Labor Government is committed to addressing family violence, promoting gender equity and ensuring contemporary education for children and families. Schools will receive training and guidance to deliver the curriculum content. The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) will develop resources to support teachers. The Government is also recognising the importance of world histories, cultures, and ethics. As part of the new Victorian Curriculum, this new content will be delivered by qualified teachers in all government schools. These changes will help ensure Victoria remains a successful multicultural society and strengthen our diversity, one of our state’s greatest assets. The capacity of our young people to understand others, including other world views, and to act with tolerance and respect, is an essential skill. As part of these changes, from the start of Term 1, 2016, Special Religious Instruction (SRI) will be moved to lunchtimes or before or after school, freeing up 30 minutes of valuable class time per week. Currently, while up to 20 per cent of primary school students participate in SRI, other students are missing out on essential learning time. The move means that teachers and students will be able to focus on core curriculum, learning the lessons and skills they need to be their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re giving students the lessons and knowledge they need to understand the world around them, which will help them to grow and be their best.” “Understanding the diversity of our world is so important to the success of students and it deserves a proper place in our school curriculum.” Quotes attributable to Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson “Gender inequality is one of the underlying causes of family violence. We need to address discrimination and teach equality as part of preventing family violence.” “Teaching healthy, respectful relationships is key to preventing violence. We’re including it in the curriculum so that every Victorian school teaches students these important skills and lessons.” Download PDF (327 Kb)

Labor Government Fixing Schools And Building The Education State

More than 150 public schools will share in $27 million to fix ageing buildings and infrastructure, Minister for Education James Merlino announced today. Almost 330 buildings at 153 schools will be renovated and refurbished so that Victoria’s children can receive a quality education in quality facilities. The funding is in addition to regular maintenance funding all schools receive and comes on top of the massive school infrastructure funding boost announced in the Labor Government’s 2015-16 Victorian Budget in May. Funding is being directed to buildings that were identified during an independent audit of every school building as being in the most need of renovation.  To view the full list of schools receiving additional maintenance funding click here. The Andrews Labor Government’s first Budget invests close to $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history. The Budget provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools. It will fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools. It also includes $180 million for programs that will help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out. For Victoria to become the Education State, it is vital that all Victorians join in the Education State consultation and share their ideas and aspirations for our education system. Head to www.educationstate.education.vic.gov.au to join in the conversation. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “This $27 million funding boost will help our schools fix ageing buildings and infrastructure.” “We’re rebuilding schools across the state and giving Victorian students the safe, modern and comfortable classrooms that they need to learn.” “The Government is investing more than $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.” Download PDF (330 Kb)

Labor Government Fixing Schools And Building The Education State

More than 150 public schools will share in $27 million to fix ageing buildings and infrastructure, Minister for Education James Merlino announced today. Almost 330 buildings at 153 schools will be renovated and refurbished so that Victoria’s children can receive a quality education in quality facilities. The funding is in addition to regular maintenance funding all schools receive and comes on top of the massive school infrastructure funding boost announced in the Labor Government’s 2015-16 Victorian Budget in May. Funding is being directed to buildings that were identified during an independent audit of every school building as being in the most need of renovation.  To view the full list of schools receiving additional maintenance funding click here. The Andrews Labor Government’s first Budget invests close to $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history. The Budget provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools. It will fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools. It also includes $180 million for programs that will help families cover the extra costs of education, like camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out. For Victoria to become the Education State, it is vital that all Victorians join in the Education State consultation and share their ideas and aspirations for our education system. Head to www.educationstate.education.vic.gov.au to join in the conversation. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “This $27 million funding boost will help our schools fix ageing buildings and infrastructure.” “We’re rebuilding schools across the state and giving Victorian students the safe, modern and comfortable classrooms that they need to learn.” “The Government is investing more than $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.” Download PDF (330 Kb)

Have Your Say On Supporting Students With Special Needs

 Minister for Education James Merlino today invited Victorians to contribute their ideas to the review into the Program for Students with Disabilities. The Review – which started in July – is one of many significant commitments outlined in the Andrews Labor Government’s comprehensive Special Needs Plan for Victorian Schools. The Review is investigating: the needs of children with a disability, in particular, children with autism and dyslexia how to improve the way the PSD supports students with disabilities the needs of children with a disability in the transition from primary to secondary schooling how the PSD can be more inclusive Mr Merlino said that Victorians can submit their ideas in writing from today and additionally have their say through an online survey which will be available in September. The Review has also included face-to-face consultations with peak industry bodies, principal and teacher associations, disability advocates and unions, led by Australia’s former Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Graeme Innes. The Review continues to consult an Advisory Panel including the Australian Association of Special Education, Parents Victoria, AMAZE (Autism Victoria), the Specific Learning Difficulties (SPELD) Victoria, the Children’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne and the Australian Education Union. The Special Needs Plan for Victorian Schools, with its nine initiatives, will improve students’ achievement, engagement and wellbeing by creating fairer, safer and more inclusive schools for students with special needs. The Labor Government wants to ensure all people have an opportunity to share their views and ideas in ways which best suit their needs and requirements. Online contributions will be open for four weeks and will close on Friday 11 September. Contributions can be emailed to psd.review@edumail.vic.gov.au and more information is available at  http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/needs/Pages/psdreview.aspx The PSD Review will deliver its recommendations to the Government in November. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is the most comprehensive review of the Program for Students with Disabilities in our state’s history. Victorians now have the opportunity to have their say.” “Every Victorian deserves a great education. The Andrews Labor Government is working to ensure children with special needs are supported to reach their full potential.” “We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.” Download PDF (144 Kb)

Have Your Say On Supporting Students With Special Needs

 Minister for Education James Merlino today invited Victorians to contribute their ideas to the review into the Program for Students with Disabilities. The Review – which started in July – is one of many significant commitments outlined in the Andrews Labor Government’s comprehensive Special Needs Plan for Victorian Schools. The Review is investigating: the needs of children with a disability, in particular, children with autism and dyslexia how to improve the way the PSD supports students with disabilities the needs of children with a disability in the transition from primary to secondary schooling how the PSD can be more inclusive Mr Merlino said that Victorians can submit their ideas in writing from today and additionally have their say through an online survey which will be available in September. The Review has also included face-to-face consultations with peak industry bodies, principal and teacher associations, disability advocates and unions, led by Australia’s former Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Graeme Innes. The Review continues to consult an Advisory Panel including the Australian Association of Special Education, Parents Victoria, AMAZE (Autism Victoria), the Specific Learning Difficulties (SPELD) Victoria, the Children’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne and the Australian Education Union. The Special Needs Plan for Victorian Schools, with its nine initiatives, will improve students’ achievement, engagement and wellbeing by creating fairer, safer and more inclusive schools for students with special needs. The Labor Government wants to ensure all people have an opportunity to share their views and ideas in ways which best suit their needs and requirements. Online contributions will be open for four weeks and will close on Friday 11 September. Contributions can be emailed to psd.review@edumail.vic.gov.au and more information is available at  http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/needs/Pages/psdreview.aspx The PSD Review will deliver its recommendations to the Government in November. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is the most comprehensive review of the Program for Students with Disabilities in our state’s history. Victorians now have the opportunity to have their say.” “Every Victorian deserves a great education. The Andrews Labor Government is working to ensure children with special needs are supported to reach their full potential.” “We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.” Download PDF (144 Kb)

Victoria’s School Librarians Leading The Way On Digital Literacy

Minister for Education James Merlino today officially opened a conference set to showcase the role school libraries are playing in driving Victoria’s digital future and helping students to be their best. The School Library Association of Victoria’s ‘It’s a Digital World’ conference will explore all aspects of what it means to be a student in the 21st century. It will highlight the crucial role played by librarians and library teams in ensuring that students are able to safely and responsibly access high-quality digital resources and explore online learning communities. National and international experts will showcase how the old school library model is transforming to meet the diverse needs of students, at a time when skills are more important than ever. The Andrews Labor Government’s 2015-16 Victorian Budget invests close to $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history For Victoria to become the Education State, it is vital that all Victorians join in the consultation and share their ideas and aspirations for our education system. Head to www.educationstate.education.vic.gov.au to join in the conversation. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We need to ensure our students are digital literate, so that they can build solutions to the problems of the future and seize upon new opportunities in a growing Victorian economy.” “Librarians provide an important connection to broader school programs, helping to spark student curiosity and challenging them to master new concepts and skills.” “We’re investing close to $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.” Download PDF (294 Kb)

Victoria’s School Librarians Leading The Way On Digital Literacy

Minister for Education James Merlino today officially opened a conference set to showcase the role school libraries are playing in driving Victoria’s digital future and helping students to be their best. The School Library Association of Victoria’s ‘It’s a Digital World’ conference will explore all aspects of what it means to be a student in the 21st century. It will highlight the crucial role played by librarians and library teams in ensuring that students are able to safely and responsibly access high-quality digital resources and explore online learning communities. National and international experts will showcase how the old school library model is transforming to meet the diverse needs of students, at a time when skills are more important than ever. The Andrews Labor Government’s 2015-16 Victorian Budget invests close to $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history For Victoria to become the Education State, it is vital that all Victorians join in the consultation and share their ideas and aspirations for our education system. Head to www.educationstate.education.vic.gov.au to join in the conversation. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We need to ensure our students are digital literate, so that they can build solutions to the problems of the future and seize upon new opportunities in a growing Victorian economy.” “Librarians provide an important connection to broader school programs, helping to spark student curiosity and challenging them to master new concepts and skills.” “We’re investing close to $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.” Download PDF (294 Kb)

Outstanding Graduates To Make A Difference In Victorian Schools

Up to sixty-five of our best and brightest university graduates, from across a range of fields including law, economics and science, will bring their diverse skills to classrooms across Victoria next year as part of the Teach For Australia program. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the Department of Education and Training will support next year’s cohort of talented young ‘associates’. Since 2010, the Victorian Government has committed more than $12.9 million to the program, which develops high-calibre graduates to become teachers and places them into secondary schools in disadvantaged areas. The announcement was made at Mill Park Secondary College, one of the many Victorian schools to have benefitted from the diversity of experience brought by associates, having employed 24 student teachers from previous cohorts. Candidates, selected for their commitment to reducing educational disadvantage as well as their exceptional levels of academic achievement, study a Master of Teaching at Deakin University, which is partially completed before they enter classrooms to teach for at least two years. Associates receive mentoring support throughout their two-year placement from Teach For Australia teaching and leadership advisers, Deakin University academic mentors and other teachers in school at participating schools, including Mill Park SC. The program, now in its sixth year, has shown its capacity to create exemplary teachers and future leaders. It has also demonstrated a fundamental commitment to addressing educational disadvantage – a key measure in transforming Victoria into the Education State. The Andrews Labor Government is investing more than $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Labor Government is committed to addressing educational disadvantage. We’re proud to partner with a program that shares the same drive and I wish this year’s associates all the best with their future endeavours in the classroom.” “We’re working to ensure our education system gives every Victorian the opportunity to be their best, regardless of background or economic circumstances.” Quote attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “Our teachers are some of the most dedicated and passionate professionals in the workforce. We welcome innovative ways of encouraging even more high-achieving individuals to their ranks.” Download PDF (290 Kb)

Outstanding Graduates To Make A Difference In Victorian Schools

Up to sixty-five of our best and brightest university graduates, from across a range of fields including law, economics and science, will bring their diverse skills to classrooms across Victoria next year as part of the Teach For Australia program. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the Department of Education and Training will support next year’s cohort of talented young ‘associates’. Since 2010, the Victorian Government has committed more than $12.9 million to the program, which develops high-calibre graduates to become teachers and places them into secondary schools in disadvantaged areas. The announcement was made at Mill Park Secondary College, one of the many Victorian schools to have benefitted from the diversity of experience brought by associates, having employed 24 student teachers from previous cohorts. Candidates, selected for their commitment to reducing educational disadvantage as well as their exceptional levels of academic achievement, study a Master of Teaching at Deakin University, which is partially completed before they enter classrooms to teach for at least two years. Associates receive mentoring support throughout their two-year placement from Teach For Australia teaching and leadership advisers, Deakin University academic mentors and other teachers in school at participating schools, including Mill Park SC. The program, now in its sixth year, has shown its capacity to create exemplary teachers and future leaders. It has also demonstrated a fundamental commitment to addressing educational disadvantage – a key measure in transforming Victoria into the Education State. The Andrews Labor Government is investing more than $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Labor Government is committed to addressing educational disadvantage. We’re proud to partner with a program that shares the same drive and I wish this year’s associates all the best with their future endeavours in the classroom.” “We’re working to ensure our education system gives every Victorian the opportunity to be their best, regardless of background or economic circumstances.” Quote attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “Our teachers are some of the most dedicated and passionate professionals in the workforce. We welcome innovative ways of encouraging even more high-achieving individuals to their ranks.” Download PDF (290 Kb)

Scholarships To Help Students And Recognise Lynne Kosky’s Education Legacy

 Year 10 students facing financial barriers to completing education and training will be able to apply for two $25,000 scholarships, created in honour of Lynne Kosky. The Lynne Kosky Memorial VCAL Scholarships will be available to students planning to study the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning as an alternative to the Victorian Certificate of Education. The scholarships celebrate the legacy of the former Bracks and Brumby Government Minister, who passed away in December 2014. During her time as a Minister in the Victorian Government, Ms Kosky reshaped Victoria’s education system and made it fairer for students of all backgrounds and abilities. Ms Kosky considered the introduction of the VCAL to be one of her greatest achievements during her term as Victorian Minister for Education and Training from 2002 to 2006. Students who complete the VCAL can choose from a number of options, including attending TAFE, undertaking an apprentice or traineeship, and transferring to the VCE. The memorial VCAL scholarships, valued at $5,000 per annum, are available for the duration of a student’s study, traineeship or apprenticeship for up to five years. Financial need is one of the eligibility criteria. Applications open on Monday August 3. Announcing the scholarships, Minister for Education James Merlino said they were a fitting tribute to Ms Kosky, who championed the benefits of education for everyone and the importance of keeping students engaged in learning. Scholarship applications close on Friday September 18. More information can be found here. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “These scholarships pay tribute to Lynne Kosky’s tireless efforts in ensuring that all Victorian students have the opportunity to access quality education and do their best.” “Students who might not otherwise be able to continue with their education and training will be supported by these scholarships.” “The Andrews Labor Government is investing $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has access to great schools and every child gets the best chance to succeed.” Download PDF (293 Kb)

Scholarships To Help Students And Recognise Lynne Kosky’s Education Legacy

 Year 10 students facing financial barriers to completing education and training will be able to apply for two $25,000 scholarships, created in honour of Lynne Kosky. The Lynne Kosky Memorial VCAL Scholarships will be available to students planning to study the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning as an alternative to the Victorian Certificate of Education. The scholarships celebrate the legacy of the former Bracks and Brumby Government Minister, who passed away in December 2014. During her time as a Minister in the Victorian Government, Ms Kosky reshaped Victoria’s education system and made it fairer for students of all backgrounds and abilities. Ms Kosky considered the introduction of the VCAL to be one of her greatest achievements during her term as Victorian Minister for Education and Training from 2002 to 2006. Students who complete the VCAL can choose from a number of options, including attending TAFE, undertaking an apprentice or traineeship, and transferring to the VCE. The memorial VCAL scholarships, valued at $5,000 per annum, are available for the duration of a student’s study, traineeship or apprenticeship for up to five years. Financial need is one of the eligibility criteria. Applications open on Monday August 3. Announcing the scholarships, Minister for Education James Merlino said they were a fitting tribute to Ms Kosky, who championed the benefits of education for everyone and the importance of keeping students engaged in learning. Scholarship applications close on Friday September 18. More information can be found here. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “These scholarships pay tribute to Lynne Kosky’s tireless efforts in ensuring that all Victorian students have the opportunity to access quality education and do their best.” “Students who might not otherwise be able to continue with their education and training will be supported by these scholarships.” “The Andrews Labor Government is investing $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has access to great schools and every child gets the best chance to succeed.” Download PDF (293 Kb)

New Fund Gives Students Their First-Ever Camp Experience

Twenty-eight children from Debney Meadows Primary School today set off on their first-ever school camp thanks to a $148.3 million Andrews Labor Government fund which helps cover the costs of school activities for disadvantaged families. Member for Essendon Danny Pearson  joined parents and staff to farewell the Year 4, 5 and 6 students who had missed out on camps in previous years. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund was established by the Labor Government earlier this year so every student – regardless of their background – has the chance to go on camps and excursions with their peers. A total of 30 students from the Flemington school are attending the three-day camp at Cottage by the Sea in Queenscliff – for 28 of the students, it is their first school camp since joining the school. Families who hold a valid means-tested concession card, or those who are temporary foster carers, are eligible to apply for assistance under the fund. Eligible primary school students receive $125 a year, with secondary school students receiving $225 a year. The payment is covering 100 per cent of the cost of the camp for students from Debney Meadows Primary School. For Victoria to become the Education State, it is vital that all Victorians join in the Education State consultation and share their ideas and aspirations for our education system. Head to www.educationstate.education.vic.gov.au to join in the conversation. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “By helping disadvantaged families we’re supporting these children, and hundreds of thousands of others across Victoria, to get the start they deserve in life.” Quote attributable to Member for Essendon Danny Pearson “The Government’s new fund made it possible for 28 students to go on this camp, where they will join their classmates and learn essential skills that will stay with them for life.” Quotes attributable to Debney Meadows Primary School Principal Vicki Watson “Just like in previous years, these students would have missed out on this camp and other important educational activities were it not for the State Government’s new Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund.” Download PDF (294 Kb)

New Fund Gives Students Their First-Ever Camp Experience

Twenty-eight children from Debney Meadows Primary School today set off on their first-ever school camp thanks to a $148.3 million Andrews Labor Government fund which helps cover the costs of school activities for disadvantaged families. Member for Essendon Danny Pearson  joined parents and staff to farewell the Year 4, 5 and 6 students who had missed out on camps in previous years. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund was established by the Labor Government earlier this year so every student – regardless of their background – has the chance to go on camps and excursions with their peers. A total of 30 students from the Flemington school are attending the three-day camp at Cottage by the Sea in Queenscliff – for 28 of the students, it is their first school camp since joining the school. Families who hold a valid means-tested concession card, or those who are temporary foster carers, are eligible to apply for assistance under the fund. Eligible primary school students receive $125 a year, with secondary school students receiving $225 a year. The payment is covering 100 per cent of the cost of the camp for students from Debney Meadows Primary School. For Victoria to become the Education State, it is vital that all Victorians join in the Education State consultation and share their ideas and aspirations for our education system. Head to www.educationstate.education.vic.gov.au to join in the conversation. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “By helping disadvantaged families we’re supporting these children, and hundreds of thousands of others across Victoria, to get the start they deserve in life.” Quote attributable to Member for Essendon Danny Pearson “The Government’s new fund made it possible for 28 students to go on this camp, where they will join their classmates and learn essential skills that will stay with them for life.” Quotes attributable to Debney Meadows Primary School Principal Vicki Watson “Just like in previous years, these students would have missed out on this camp and other important educational activities were it not for the State Government’s new Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund.” Download PDF (294 Kb)

Work Expo Preparing Young People For A Bright Future

  A new careers expo designed by and for young people was launched today by Minister for Education James Merlino. The Work Expo was developed by young people aged 15-25 participating in the True North Leadership Program at The Huddle. The program is a joint initiative of the North Melbourne Football Club, the Scanlon Foundation and the Australian Multicultural Foundation, which is tackling youth disengagement in North Melbourne, Flemington, Kensington and West Melbourne. Mr Merlino said the Work Expo offers young people opportunities to participate in workshops and networking with local businesses and training organisations, to learn how to pursue employment and career pathways in various industries. Preparing young Victorians of all backgrounds for the jobs of the future is central to the Andrews Labor Government’s plan to build the Education State. The Labor Government has committed funding to a range of initiatives aimed at paving the careers of young Victorians, including: the $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund; $125 million to establish 10 Tech Schools across Victoria; the $50 million TAFE Back to Work Fund to support TAFE institutes in partnership with industry to deliver more training in growing and emerging industries; $32 million to build the skills of at-risk youth through Local Learning and Employment Networks; $1.6 million for mentoring to better support students starting tertiary education and training. The Government is supporting students of all backgrounds to access the very best career support and advice through such initiatives as Engaging Parents in Career Conversations (EPiCC), an online resource to provide parents and carers with practical information about subject choices, courses and careers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Work Expo is a great forum for young people to explore training and job opportunities that will support their future careers.” “We’re investing in skills and training and transforming Victoria into the Education State, to prepare young Victorians for the jobs of the future.” “The Andrews Labor Government is working to ensure Victorians of all backgrounds gain the skills they need to succeed in our growing economy.” Download PDF (307 Kb)

Work Expo Preparing Young People For A Bright Future

  A new careers expo designed by and for young people was launched today by Minister for Education James Merlino. The Work Expo was developed by young people aged 15-25 participating in the True North Leadership Program at The Huddle. The program is a joint initiative of the North Melbourne Football Club, the Scanlon Foundation and the Australian Multicultural Foundation, which is tackling youth disengagement in North Melbourne, Flemington, Kensington and West Melbourne. Mr Merlino said the Work Expo offers young people opportunities to participate in workshops and networking with local businesses and training organisations, to learn how to pursue employment and career pathways in various industries. Preparing young Victorians of all backgrounds for the jobs of the future is central to the Andrews Labor Government’s plan to build the Education State. The Labor Government has committed funding to a range of initiatives aimed at paving the careers of young Victorians, including: the $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund; $125 million to establish 10 Tech Schools across Victoria; the $50 million TAFE Back to Work Fund to support TAFE institutes in partnership with industry to deliver more training in growing and emerging industries; $32 million to build the skills of at-risk youth through Local Learning and Employment Networks; $1.6 million for mentoring to better support students starting tertiary education and training. The Government is supporting students of all backgrounds to access the very best career support and advice through such initiatives as Engaging Parents in Career Conversations (EPiCC), an online resource to provide parents and carers with practical information about subject choices, courses and careers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Work Expo is a great forum for young people to explore training and job opportunities that will support their future careers.” “We’re investing in skills and training and transforming Victoria into the Education State, to prepare young Victorians for the jobs of the future.” “The Andrews Labor Government is working to ensure Victorians of all backgrounds gain the skills they need to succeed in our growing economy.” Download PDF (307 Kb)