Newlyn and Creswick Primary Schools get funding for facility upgrades

Creswick Primary School has been named as one of more than 100 schools in Victoria to receive state government funding. 

The school will receive more than $39,000 to upgrade facilities in poor condition as part of the state government Planned Maintenance Program. 

The total $24 million state government funding commitment is used by schools to replace, refurbish and demolish school buildings which are not up to standard.

Education Minister James Merlino said high quality facilities were important to help students reach their potential. 

“We are investing in important upgrades to schools in the poorest conditions so that students have the first-rate facilities they need to thrive,” Mr Merlino said. 

Meanwhile, Newlyn Primary School pupils will be better protected from harmful ultraviolet rays this summer with a grant for new shade sails. 

The school will receive more than $6000 to build new shaded areas.

Shade sails. File.

Shade sails. File.

Newlyn Primary School principal Anthony Tait said the grant would be put toward installing new shade sails. 

“We have got quite good outdoor play areas here. We have got three shade sales, but one is torn,” Mr Tait said.

“It will be a lot safer for the students out in the sun and when they are  in the sandpit and playground, which are their two favourite places to play.”

Health Minister Jill Hennessy said the shade program was an effective way of teaching pupils to protect themselves from the sun.

“Skin cancer is a major health issue for Australians, yet it’s mostly preventable. Schools play a critical role in helping kids learn how to be sun smart from an early age,” Ms Hennessy said.

Community organisations, including sports clubs, councils and not-fro-profit community groups can now apply for the next round of community shade grants at https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/community-shade-grants. Applications close November 30.