Minister Visits Clayton North Primary To Celebrate Its 150th Birthday

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos today visited Clayton North Primary School in Monash where they joined staff and students to celebrate the school’s 150th Birthday.

Established in 1865, the current buildings date back to 1909 and have been heritage listed for their Edwardian Baroque architecture.

But the school is giving its students the opportunities they need to be their best in Australia and the world.

The school works with Monash University and Ahmad Dalan University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia to develop fun and creative schooling approaches, with the Indonesian Minister for Education expected to visit the school next month to discuss the program.

The school is set to receive $143,882 in equity funding in 2016, an increase of $5,000 on this year. This increase is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Education State commitment to provide an extra $566 million in funding to 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 our state’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.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“It’s not often you get to celebrate a 150th Birthday, so I’d like to congratulate all the students and staff and families who have made this school the fantastic place that it is.”

“Clayton North Primary School is a great example of how Victorian children are being supported to reach their full potential.”

“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 Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos

“There have been some enormous changes locally since 1865 but Clayton North Primary School continues to provide a first class education with incredible staff, parents and students.”

“You should be very proud of your history but equally proud of what you do for education every day. Happy 150th Birthday and well done!”

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