Girrawheen: Emmanuel Christian Community School gets funding boost

Board chairman Tony Stopher, principal Pedro Cruz, Girrawheen Baptist Church pastor Rev. Rex Gabrielson and Senator Dean Smith.
Board chairman Tony Stopher, principal Pedro Cruz, Girrawheen Baptist Church pastor Rev. Rex Gabrielson and Senator Dean Smith.

LEARNING was boosted at Emmanuel Christian Community School in Girrawheen this month thanks to Federal Government funding.

The $1 million grant allowed the school, which is a ministry of the Girrawheen Baptist Church, to open a science lab and administration building with a reception area, offices and storage, canteen, uniform shop, library, staff and tutorial rooms.

Senator Dean Smith, who opened the buildings on behalf of Education Minister Simon Birmingham, said students and the wider school community would benefit from the new facilities.

Principal Pedro Cruz and Senator Dean Smith.

“The government is committed to putting science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the heart of school education,” Mr Smith said.

“It’s critical to our nation’s future that more students study science and maths subjects.

“These new learning spaces take into account the latest in educational research and will see students learn more effectively.”

Senator Dean Smith with students Eddy and Junior.

Mr Birmingham said the government was also delivering a new funding system to ensure students gets the resources they need.

“We’re overhauling Australia’s schools funding system and boosting investment in Emmanuel Christian Community School from around $9643 per student this year to about $15,180 over the next decade,” he said.

“The changes ensure students with the greatest needs get the greatest level of resources.”

School bursar Andrew Johnson and Senator Dean Smith.

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