Standing up for Canberra

Minister welcomes Narrabundah College students back to school for 2012

Minister for School Education Peter Garrett and Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann today visited Narrabundah College, welcoming students back to school for the 2012 school year.

Minister Garrett said the Gillard Government believes all Australian students should have access to a world-class education, which is why investment in schools has doubled to more than $65 billion over four years.

“It was great to see students here at Narrabundah College in Canberra benefiting from the Gillard Government’s commitment to education,” Mr Garrett said.

“Every day, the students at Narrabundah College are using the computers provided under the Gillard Government’s National Secondary School Computer Fund.

“The rollout of computers to every senior high school student in the country is about bringing our schools into the digital age and giving them the resources to remain competitive in an increasingly digital world.”

As part of the Gillard Government’s $16.2 billion Building the Education Revolution, Narrabundah College received almost $200,000 to upgrade its classrooms, Ms Brodtmann said.

“It’s one thing to know how much has been invested in schools in our region, but it’s another thing to visit our local schools and see first-hand what a positive difference this investment is making.

“We have built libraries, science labs, classrooms and multipurpose halls at schools across Canberra, granting more than $131 million for 136 projects in my electorate alone,” Ms Brodtmann said.

In 2012, the Gillard Government will release the Review of Funding for Schooling as well as the Government’s initial response, which will help the Government develop a new school funding system that is efficient, fair, transparent, and sustainable.

The Government is also helping to combat cyber-bullying by providing support for students through the launch of a new website, the Easy Guide to Socialising Online, which was developed to help parents, children and educators deal with inappropriate content online; www.dbcde.gov.au/easyguide

Canberra families are also reminded to take advantage of the Gillard Government’s Education Tax Refund, with families able to claim 50 per cent of eligible education expenses, up to a maximum refund of $794 for high school children and $397 for primary school children on back-to-school items; www.educationtaxrefund.gov.au

“There are always plenty of school expenses at this time of year, but the Gillard Government’s Education Tax Refund is making it a little bit easier for Canberra families to afford those back-to-school essentials,” Ms Brodtmann said.

For more information please visit www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling