“Braybrook College has a high percentage of students from a non-English speaking background and rates as low socio-economic status,” Braybrook College principal Kelly Panousieris told The Educator. “But in recent years we have achieved outstanding results in VCE and our Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN data has shown pleasing achievement growth in both literacy and numeracy.”
“We are therefore ‘absolutely over the moon with the state government’s announcement of an extra A$504,336 in education funding for our school in 2016,” added Panousieris. “This additional funding is all about equity and will empower us to further invest in our literacy and numeracy programs and initiatives which we know make a real difference.”
Panousieris added that the funding would also enable the College to target specific areas for improvement such as writing and developing timely feedback strategies to students against their individual learning goals. “We also hope to continue to significantly resource the professional development of all teachers and employ an educational consultant to assist us to define the next work the college will develop in terms of ‘value adding’ to student outcomes,” she concluded.
In total, 19 Brimbank schools in the St Albans electorate will share in $2.6 million; 12 schools in Kororoit will divvy up $2.2 million; 10 in Footscray will share $2.2 million; eight in Sydenham will share $1.1million; and one in Niddrie will get $40,469 extra next year.
In addition, Sunshine Harvester Primary School ($455,750), Deer Park North Primary ($471,479) and Kings Park Primary ($427,182) also snapped up significant lots of funding.
Meanwhile, eight schools in the Niddrie electorate shared in a $600,000 funding package.
A spokesperson for Niddrie MP Ben Carroll said many Brimbank residents sent their children to schools in the electorate.
Rosamond Special School ($52,862), Western English Language School ($540,095), Braybrook College ($504,336) and Dinjerra Primary ($141,710) shared in the additional funding, following consultations in the last few months.