Minister Visits Caulfield Primary School

Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Caulfield Primary School to tour classrooms and meet students and staff.

The school is one of 11 government bilingual schools in Victoria, teaching subjects in English and Japanese.

To really get a taste of the country, every two years students from Years 5 and 6 students visit Japan.

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

“I commend Principal Peter Gray 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 a great local school and every child gets the chance to succeed.”

Quote attributable to Member for Southern Metropolitan Region Philip Dalidakis

“Caulfield Primary School is a great example of how Victorian children are being supported to reach their full potential, no matter what their background.”

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