Minister Visits Aspendale Primary To Celebrate Its 90th Birthday

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson today visited Aspendale Primary School where they joined staff and students to celebrate the school’s 90th birthday.

First opened in 1925, Aspendale Primary School is marking the occasion by opening new and renovated buildings, which include a gym, canteen and performing arts centre.

The school is also set to receive a boost next year of $15,050 in equity funding, up from nothing this year. This increase in equity funding is part of the Government’s $566 million Education State commitment to help break the cycle of disadvantage.

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, such as camps, excursions and uniforms, so no child misses out.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“I commend Principal Phil Anthony and the teachers and support staff for their commitment to their students and families.”

“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.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson

“The future is bright for Aspendale Primary with strong student numbers, exciting new facilities and a solid foundation for the future.”

“As our local community grows over the coming years, Aspendale Primary is well placed to support, develop and nurture the educational needs of tomorrow’s leaders.”

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