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Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli and Member for Monaro John Barilaro have announced new distance education facilities will be provided in Queanbeyan as part of a $10 million dollar project.

Mr Piccoli and Mr Barilaro today visited Karabar High School to announce the project, which will combine the distance education facilities at Queanbeyan Public School and Karabar High School in a new facility on the Queanbeyan High School site.

Mr Barilaro said the upgrade will provide a Kindergarten to Year 12 Distance Education School for South Eastern NSW.

“The new school will be specifically focused on distance education to support students in the southern and eastern areas of rural and remote NSW,” Mr Barilaro said. 

“Distance Education at Karabar High School has grown by around 50 per cent over the last five years.”

The new facility, which will cater for around 500 students, will provide functional spaces and deliver general and specialist educational support to students. It will also enable the school to link its distance education function with a broader range of community based services supporting students with additional needs and their families.

“The new distance education facilities will release space at Queanbeyan Public School and enable the removal of 12 demountables from Karabar High School,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Karabar High School and Queanbeyan Public Schools have seen student numbers grow over recent years and this new facility will relieve pressure, allow the schools to again use classrooms previously occupied by distance education and free-up play space.

“It will create scope to foster closer working relationships between the schools, opens the possibility of more flexible staffing to respond to educational needs and to broaden curriculum options for students.

“The new distance education school co-located with Queanbeyan High School is expected to be completed and open for the 2019 school year.”

Mr Piccoli said the project at the Queanbeyan High School site is part of the NSW Government’s Innovative Education, Successful Students plan.

The Innovative Education, Successful Students plan involves:

  • A focus on innovative uses of technology and flexible learning spaces in new and redeveloped schools;
  • A school infrastructure spend of at least $2.7 billion in the next term of Government; and
  • An additional $1 billion in funds over 10 years from Rebuilding NSW to provide new and renovated classrooms across the State.

“Only a re-elected Baird/ Grant Government can deliver the full Innovative Education, Successful Students plan required to transform education in NSW,” Mr Piccoli said.

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