Wallaroo Primary School in Hastings is expanding its digital technologies curriculum thanks to $20,000 in Federal funding.
The grant is part of the Turnbull Government’s Digital Literacy School Grants Program.
Federal Member for Flinders Greg Hunt said the funds would allow Wallaroo Primary School to create a Digital Hub and support learning in digital technology at the school.
“This is about making sure our students get the support and skills they need for the future,” Mr Hunt said.
“I’m delighted that Wallaroo Primary School has been selected from 1800 applications to carry out this fantastic program.
“The funds will also allow the school to update its computer laboratory.”
Mr Hunt said the nation-wide digital literacy program was crucial to ensuring students were equipped to fulfil the jobs of the future.
“I hope this program helps spark students’ interest in digital technologies so they are able to fulfil the explosion of jobs in the information technology space,” he said.
Mr Hunt said $4 million had been allocated to the Digital Literacy School Grants Program as part of the Turnbull Government’s $50.6 million commitment to help Australian teachers and students embrace the digital age.
“We’re committed to ensuring that each student, no matter where they live in Australia, has a strong knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.”
“I am thrilled that schools like Wallaroo Primary are being empowered to teach technology in a truly modern way, allowing students to learn new skills in an interactive, hands-on environment.”
Wallaroo Primary School Principal Jenny Brennan said the grant would allow the school to purchase much-needed computer equipment to ensure students and teachers were at the forefront of the emerging technological landscape.
“The equipment will have all the latest apps for students and will also allow them to create their own apps,” Mrs Brennan said.
“The grant will also enable us to train staff in areas such as coding so they can integrate new technologies into classroom learning.
“This will help us prepare students for careers that don’t yet exist, which is really exciting.”