Strong investment in Coffs Harbour electorate area schools
Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli and Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser today visited Sawtell Public School and Coffs Harbour High School to detail new capital works.
Students at Sawtell Public School will benefit from an upgrade that will convert three rooms to better meet the school’s current and future needs.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to delivering the best possible learning environments for students,” Mr Piccoli said.
The project includes three conversions:
- A staffroom to a special programs room;
- A communal space to a classroom; and
- A small classroom to a staffroom.
Coffs Harbour High School is one of 50 NSW schools in which science labs are being upgraded to ensure it can maintain its first-class delivery of curriculum in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
“Jobs in the future will require greater focus STEM skills. It is critical that our schools support students in pursuing careers involving STEM, which is why the upgrade to the science lab at Coffs Harbour High School is so important,” Mr Piccoli said.
The upgrade includes the refurbishment of a science lab, a seminar room and a preparation room, involving:
- Bringing the layouts and facilities up to current standards;
- Replacing old island benches with new pod science sinks; and
- New floor coverings, finishes and LED light fittings.
Mr Fraser welcomed the upgrades and highlighted the ongoing commitment to education from the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government.
“Our students are the future. By investing in our school infrastructure, we’re giving students the best learning environment to achieve better results,” Mr Fraser said.
The 2016-17 Budget includes an allocation of $330 million over two years to address priority maintenance needs in schools, including $31.17 million for schools in the North Coast region.
Since being elected in 2011, the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has committed almost $4.9 billion to school infrastructure and maintenance.