Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent officially opened the Design and Technology Centre at Chairo Christian School’s Pakenham Campus today.

Students and staff at the school now have full use of the Design and Technology Centre, which incorporates woodwork, metal work, visual arts, media, mechanics and textiles areas, with associated staff room, storage and circulation spaces. The Turnbull Government provided $600,000 in funding from the Capital Grants Program.

Mr Broadbent attended the opening of the Design and Technology Centre on behalf of Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training.

“It was great to visit Chairo Christian School – Pakenham Campus and see the new facilities firsthand and the impact they will have,” Mr Broadbent said.

“Students and the whole school community will benefit from using the new facilities.

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

The Turnbull Government is providing higher levels of school funding than ever before – a record $73.6 billion in total Commonwealth funding over the forward estimates in all states and territories.

Nationally that represents funding growth from a record $16 billion this year to $20.1 billion in 2020, all to be allocated based on need.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Coalition’s funding growth is sustainable but will be tied to a range of evidence-based initiatives to support students by focusing on outcomes in literacy, numeracy and STEM subjects, helping lift teacher quality and better preparing our children for life after school.

“While buildings alone do not make a great school, I hope students and staff will enjoy learning and be inspired by these new facilities,” Minister Birmingham said.

“The Turnbull Government is committed to improving the quality of our schools and equipping students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.”

Minister Birmingham is responsible for the Capital Grants Program, which provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure where they otherwise may not have access to sufficient capital resources.