Building The Education State In Thomastown

Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Education James Merlino, and Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today joined students, teachers and parents at Thomastown West Primary School to discuss the Andrews Labor Government’s plans to make Victoria the Education State.

The Government’s 2015-16 Victorian Budget was the single biggest injection of education funding in Victorian history, providing almost $4 billion in additional funds.

Last month, schools and students in Thomastown shared in almost $2.8 million of extra funding in 2016 as part of the Labor Government’s commitment to make Victoria the Education State.

This money is to help our schools give students the skills they need for work and life: confidence, resilience, and the capacity for critical and creative thinking. We also want more kids to take part in physical activity at school.

This is also about breaking the link between a child’s social and economic background and how well they do at school. Our aim is to significantly reduce the number of kids who drop out of school and training every year.

Thomastown West Primary School is an example of the difference that the Education State is already making for every child and every school across Victoria.

This means Thomastown West Primary School will receive $698,311 in equity funding in the school’s 2016 budget. It represents a 15 per cent increase on 2015 figures, with $91,637 in additional funding for its students.

The Government is also building schools and helping families with the costs of uniforms, glasses, camps, excursions and more.

Kids at Thomastown West Primary have already benefited from our Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund – with 248 students sharing in more than $30,000 this year alone. This meant that every student – regardless of their background – got the chance to go on camps or excursions with their friends and learn more about the world.

From term one next year, thanks to the Labor Government’s $13.7 million commitment, the school will strengthen its breakfast club partnership with Foodbank, with a cost saving to the school.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“This great school shows what the Education State means for our kids. Quality education, more funding, and the skills students need to be their best.”

“We’re going to give our kids an education to lead the nation, and to seize the opportunities that will take them wherever they want to go.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“More than ever before, education is the key to a better future. We’re going to make sure every child gets what they need to reach their full potential.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny

“I’m proud to be part of the Andrews Labor Government that is investing so heavily in schools and their students across Thomastown, including here at Thomastown West. This is about giving kids the very best chance in life.”


Additional funding for schools in Thomastown:

Lalor Secondary College $591,971
Lalor Primary School $348,221
Epping Primary School $313,540
Thomastown Meadows Primary School $271,410
Lalor North Secondary College $211,046
Lalor Gardens Primary School $205,224
Peter Lalor Secondary College $171,145
Lalor North Primary School $123,963
Thomastown Secondary College $109,703
Thomastown East Primary School $106,430
Lalor East Primary School $94,673
Thomastown West Primary School $91,637
Epping Views Primary School $88,226
Merriang Special Developmental School $24,281
Thomastown Primary School $12,925
Baltara School $5,000
TOTAL $2,769,395

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