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$1.9 million in Federal funds for non-government schools in South Australia



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EMBARGOED 2.00PM SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER 1991

$1.9 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR NON-GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

New sports facilities, art rooms and libraries are some of the projects which will receive more than $1.9 million in Federal funding in South Australia’s non­ government schools, John Dawkins, the Minister for Employment, Education and Training, announced today.

Mr Dawkins said that $1,940,500 from the Capital Grants Program would be used over the next two years to encourage more young people in South Australia to finish the full 12 years of school.

"Funding for schools has been increased as more and more young people stay on and finish the full twelve years of schooling," Mr Dawkins said.

"While the Federal Labor Government has encouraged 64 percent of students to complete Year 12, compared to 40.6 percent in 1983, these improvements in school retention rates have put pressure on school facilities.

"An extra $11 million to non-government schools throughout Australia in 1991 and 1992 under the new Secondary Support Element will help schools meet these pressures."

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"This is part of the Government’s commitment to playing its part in the effort to make Australia the ’clever country’. This must, of course, include our schools," Mr Dawkins said.

The six projects to be funded under the Block Grant Authority which administers Federal capital grants to non-government schools include:

. $570,000 for the Siena College at Findon for the construction of six classrooms, travel facilities and an atrium; conversion of an art room; and renovation of art, travel, administration and students’ amenities;

. $329,500 for St Mark’s College at Port Pirie to construct and equip physical education facilities;

. $250,000 for the Sacred Heart College Senior School at Somerton Park for five new classrooms, an art room and administration facilities;

. $183,000 for Craigmore Christian School to construct and equip manual, industrial and art rooms and students’ amenities;

. $365,500 for the Southern Vales Christian Community School Inc at Morphett Vale for construction of a library, a mulitpurpose area, students’ amenities and two classrooms; conversion of an administration area; and relocation of transportable classrooms; and

. $242,500 for the Faith Lutheran Secondary School at Tanunda to construct and equip home economics and art classrooms.

November 22 1991

Enquiries: Wayne Burns Mr Dawkin’s media adviser (06) 277 7460