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Coalition’s $13 million election commitment for Sandringham College

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October 15, 2014

On Monday the 13th of October 2014 the Premier announced a $13 million commitment to redevelop facilities at Sandringham College and build new sporting and science academies at the Beaumaris campus if the Victorian Coalition Government is re-elected.

The announcement took place during a visit to the school with MCC president Mr Paul Sheahan, Minister for Education Martin Dixon and Member for Sandringham Murray Thompson.

The $13 million commitment is made up of $7 million for the Beaumaris campus for state of the art sporting facilities and general purpose learning areas at the college and $6 million to be spent upgrading school facilities across the three campuses; including redeveloping English, Maths, IT and Humanities classrooms.

This commitment is on top of the $6 million that was provided to Sandringham College as part of the 2013/14 Budget.

The Beaumaris campus is remaining a school and will provide high quality education to its community.

The Beaumaris Campus currently runs 7-10 curriculum, with year 10 students accessing enhanced studies in VCE and VET (year 11) and runs an alliance with Mentone Girls Secondary College where a variety of year 11 and 12 VCE subjects are taught on the site.

It is the intention of the school that with the redevelopment of the infrastructure that these arrangements will continue with a plan to steadily increase the offerings on the Campus of year 11 and 12 studies.

The College is establishing science and sports academies at its Beaumaris campus, and $7 million has been earmarked for the campus’ redevelopment with an additional multi-million dollar co-investment by the MCC Foundation.

The proposed partnering arrangement with the MCC will bring additional funding to redevelop the sporting fields and buildings in to first class facilities which will be available to the school community, MCC sporting teams and local sporting clubs.

“The Foundation has worked previously with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to make excellent sporting facilities available at Melbourne High School and we’re pleased to continue to invest in state-of-the-art sporting facilities for community participation,” Mr Sheahan said.

“A prime purpose of the MCC participating in the project is to enable some of our women’s and men’s cricket teams to train and play at the Beaumaris campus. We look forward to working with all parties on this exciting project.”

This means a total of $19 million will be invested in Sandringham College over two Parliamentary terms since 2010 together with an additional multi-million contribution by the MCC.

Mr Murray Thompson welcomed this land-mark reinvestment in Sandringham College and partnership with the MCC which will realise the development of world class facilities for the school.

“The Beaumaris campus, I have long advocated, represents one of the best educational and sporting settings in the Southern region of Melbourne” Mr Thompson said.

“This decision by the Coalition Government will provide an important educational legacy for future generations of students and an extraordinary opportunity for the development of infrastructure and advancement of public secondary education in Beaumaris.,”

“I pay tribute to Ron Wakefield, the President of the School Council, the School Principal, Allen McAuliffe and, successive school councils, which have sought to develop contemporary educational facilities.

“As the local Member this is a project which I have fought to advance for some years now and I’m proud the Coalition Government is putting a further $13 million on the table for Sandringham College to improve the student learning environment.”

The Napthine Government is building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor’s last budget in 2010.