Local Federal MP Bert van Manen has secured $57,746 in funding for small improvement projects in local schools across Logan’s west, a major population growth corridor.
The funding was secured through the $200,000 Local Schools Community Fund and $150,000 Stronger Communities Fund for three schools in the region, from Park Ridge and Boronia Heights through to North Maclean.
The Australian Technology and Agricultural College in North Maclean received $15,000 for their GET REAL student development program. The college offers students from various backgrounds an alternative pathway to complete their senior school studies, with many students going on to attain their Queensland Certificate of Education.
“ATAC is a great asset in our community and I am proud to support them with this grant which will help their students build stronger mental health practices for their education.” Mr van Manen said.
“Many of the students attending ATAC have dropped out or disengaged with their schooling and are turning to alternative pathway schools as they offer a different approach to learning with a focus on re-engagement and job outcomes.”
Boronia Heights State School received $13,200 to upgrade interactive whiteboards that will allow teachers and educators to better engage with their students
“This much-needed upgrade will replace old and out-dated technology with modern state of the art interactive whiteboards and enable our teachers to deliver even better education.”
The school also received $9546 for the installation of permanent shade structures to establish a dedicated lunch area with seating and tables.
“This project will improve the amenity for students, giving them a better space to eat lunch and create an opportunity for outdoor classroom learning.”
St Philomena School in Park Ridge received $20,000 for additional musical instruments to improve and expand the school music curriculum. Without the grant, the school would have had to restrict participation in music due to limited equipment.
“This funding will allow St Philomena to expand its music curriculum and provide more opportunities for students from low-income households to learn and play musical instruments.
“Music and the arts are an important aspect of our culture which is why I’m proud to have delivered this funding.