Cash splash for local schools

Two schools in the Macedon Ranges each received a $25000 grant (Unsplash).

Two Macedon Ranges schools have received a $25,000 grant to to upgrade school infrastructure and equipment.

On Thursday, May 4, McEwen MP Rob Mitchell announced Newham Primary School and St Ambrose’s Parish School in Woodend would both benefit from a share of $32 million in grants.

Newham Primary School principal Simone Wood said it was fanatics news and the school will use the money to build new outdoor learning spaces.

“We’re really excited because we got the full amount for the grant which is terrific,” Ms Wood said.

“We know so many schools put in for the grant, to get something from it was brilliant, absolutely fantastic.”

“This means we will be able to populate and fully furnish the outdoor area for outdoor learning.”

St Ambrose’s Parish School principal Bronwyn Phillips said it will use the funding to add shade sails over the year one to three play area which is very exposed.

“We are grateful that we can make our playground safer and user-friendly with the upgrades that are now possible,” Ms Phillips said.

“If we have money left over we will put it towards the surfacing of our hardcourts.”

Mr Mitchell said he is happy the funding can be delivered to local schools for the much needed projects.

“Our local schools deserve great infrastructure and quality equipment to help students achieve their best,” Mr Mitchell said.

“The [federal] government is investing in a better and fairer education system and this is terrific news for our local schools with more to come.”

All schools across Australia were invited to apply for the grants, and each application was assessed by the department of education, with a needs based selection process.

Zoe Moffatt