Kinma in Terrey Hills will soon have a general learning area for its kindergarten class after Jason Falinski, the local Member for Mackeller, announced their successful application for a $200,000 Australian Government grant to fund the construction.
Falinski congratulated Pam Webster the founder of Kinma and Julie Carr the principal in person at the school today. He said: “I have seen first-hand the great work Pam, Julie and the teachers are doing providing kids at Kinma with an inclusive education. Kinma is one of the most innovative schools in our area and this grant will provide the school with additional space.”
Funding through the Capital Grants Program will go towards the construction, professional fees, fire services, and some furniture, fixtures and fittings. It comes in addition to the record levels of funding the Turnbull Government is investing in schools.
Principle Carr explained that they were one of very few dynamic independent progressive schools in Sydney offering a unique child-centred, democratic education for preschool and primary school aged children. She added: “we are very excited with the funding and the opportunities this will unlock for us, and we will be seeking more in the future.”
Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Capital Grants Program provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure where they otherwise may not have access to sufficient resources.
“The Turnbull Government is committed to improving the quality of our school education and ensuring students have access to the resources they need so they are equipped with the skills to succeed in an increasingly competitive world,” Minister Birmingham said.
“The Turnbull Government believes in an education system that puts students first. That’s why in addition to our Capital Grants Program, our record levels of schools funding will be allocated according to need and tied to a range of evidence-based initiatives. These initiatives will focus on outcomes in literacy, numeracy and STEM subjects, helping lift teacher quality and better preparing our children for life after school.”
Minister Birmingham is responsible for the Capital Grants Program, which provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure where they otherwise may not have access to sufficient capital resources.