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    PROJECT BOOST: Education Minister and Member for Wannon Dan Tehan chats about resilience with St Patrick’s Primary School teacher Tracey Grove, school captain Olivia Rivera and other students. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER
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    Dan Tehan with Donna Wood, Michelle Hogan and Fr Eric Bryant at St Patrick's Primary School.
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    Dan Tehan talking to St Patrick's Primary School principal Michelle Hogan.

Dan Tehan announces financial help for Stawell primary schools

Stawell primary school projects designed to increase student learning and personal-development opportunities have attracted Federal Government funding.

Member for Wannon and Education Minister Dan Tehan visited Stawell to announce financial support for Stawell and St Patrick’s primary schools.

He said the funding, through a Local School Community Fund, was part of the government’s commitment to education.

The government provided $6720 for Stawell Primary School’s Smarter Learning project and St Patrick’s School with $6195 for its Resilience project.

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Money for the Smarter Learning project will go towards four screens for smart-learning displays in senior-
level classrooms and extra resources for students with additional learning requirements.

Money for the Resilience project will help St Patrick’s school provide resources to implement the emotional wellbeing and resilience program for the school community.

Stawell Primary School principal Robyn Jones said the school was grateful for the opportunity to apply for extra funding.

“Our aim is always to provide our students with learning technologies that enhance both student engagement and student access to knowledge. This is particularly important for schools in rural areas,” she said. 

“The funding will allow us to purchase new and upgraded equipment, which would otherwise be out of reach of our regular school budget. 

“Students and teachers are excited by the news and look forward to the new opportunities that this will create for student learning at our school.”

St Patrick’s Primary School principal Michelle Hogan said her school was delighted to receive the grant, which would go directly to a program designed to promote wellbeing and resilience in students.

“This money will enable the purchase of Resilience project journals for all our students, provide us with access to project officers for teacher and student learning development and enable us to keep progressing in our work to further promote resiliency within our school community,” she said.

Mr Tehan said funding small projects made a big difference at regional schools.

“These local school projects will go a long way in helping our students and the local school community in Stawell when they are completed next year,” he said.

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