29 Jan 2018
Minister for Education
Territory students deserve access to a quality education,
and Palmerston students are set to benefit from the opening of a new dual
campus education facility.
Minister for Education and Palmerston MLA Eva Lawler joined more than 1000 students on their first day at Palmerston College today. Formed by Rosebery Middle School and Palmerston Senior College joining forces, the new college model will enhance the learning experience for students.
“Investing in our children and young people is the right thing to do and the smart thing to do for all Territorians,” Ms Lawler said. “Territory students deserve the best educational opportunities and the community told us what was needed to achieve this through an extensive consultation process.
“The creation of Palmerston College will provide students with the opportunity to access a wider range of programs, and offers a bright future for public education in Palmerston.”
Palmerston College Principal Sue Healy is excited for the future of the college and its students.
“Palmerston College will strengthen our connection with the eight feeder primary schools in the area, creating a well-supported school community in Palmerston,” Ms Healy said. “A key advantage of the dual campus is the continuous curriculum pathway from years 7 to 12. This will allow us to provide and strengthen our relationship with our students and their families for six years.”
To coincide with the start of the 2018 school year, the first stage of the action plan for the Territory Labor Government’s School Resourcing Model has been implemented in Territory schools.
“Schools across the Territory, including Palmerston College, have received a share of the one-off
$4 million aimed at addressing budget issues and inequities in the previous global school budget model,” Minister Lawler said.
“This is on top of our election commitment of an additional $20 million in ongoing funding for NT Government schools to reverse the damage done to our education system by the former chaotic CLP government’s cuts. We are ensuring Territory students have access to a high-quality education and are given the opportunity to engage, grow and achieve.”
Thousands of urban school students head back to school across the Territory today, with remote students returning to school tomorrow.
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