Federal Member for Flinders Greg Hunt visited Phillip Island Village School today to announce funding for a masterplan for the school.
“I am incredibly pleased to announce that Phillip Island Village School in Ventnor will embark on a masterplan for the future development of the school with the assistance of a $25,000 Commonwealth Government grant,” Mr Hunt said.
“This funding, provided through the Capital Grants Programme (CGP), will allow the school to plan for its future expansion as its enrolments and needs grow, which is incredibly exciting.
“Phillip Island Village School has gone from strength to strength since opening at the start of this year with 22 students now enrolled from prep through to grade four. It offers an alternative education experience for children on the Island and the support it has received from parents and the broader community has been phenomenal.”
Mr Hunt said the school’s success showed what could be achieved when community members came together with a shared vision.
“Opening a school from scratch is no mean feat and the students, teachers and parents are to be congratulated on what they have achieved,” he said.
“I look forward to sharing in this journey – I think the best is yet to come for this thriving community village school.”
Phillip Island Village School Coordinator Fiona McKenzie said the funding would allow the school to continue to grow and meet the needs of students.
“We are thrilled to be the recipients of this grant, which will allow us to develop our masterplan,” Ms McKenzie said.
“This will help us to develop an educational environment that responds to our community’s vision and ensures we make the most of our lovely Ventnor site,” she said.
Mr Hunt said the CGP provided funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure where they may not otherwise have had access to sufficient resources.
“This record investment in school funding is allocated according to need and is tied to a range of evidence-based initiatives to improve outcomes in literacy, numeracy and Science Technology Engineering and Maths subjects, helping lift teacher quality and better preparing our children for life after school,” he said.
“The Turnbull Government is committed to improving the quality of education in schools and ensuring students have access to the resources they need to succeed in a competitive world.”