22 May 2019
Minister for Education
Ludmilla Primary School students are enjoying revitalised classrooms and a brand new play space thanks to the Territory Labor Government’s $7.4 million upgrade of one of Darwin’s oldest schools.
Minister for Education Selena Uibo today officially opened the refurbished school buildings at the 50-year-old inner Darwin school, which includes 11 classrooms and two early learning areas.
The upgrade is part of the Government’s investment in generational change, to improve long term education benefits for young Territorians.
The Ludmilla works also included the installation of flood mitigation measures at the low lying school, as well as a new play area for students.
In addition to the 11 brightly refurbished classrooms, the redevelopment incorporates a dedicated Early Learning Centre, which includes a pre-school with capacity for 44 children, a supported playgroup and Ludmilla’s popular Families as First Teacher (FaFT) site.
FaFT, a key Territory Labor Government early years program, currently operates at 39 sites across the Territory, largely in remote communities.
The Ludmilla FaFT is one of the most popular sites, with 98 children enrolled.
Local builder PTM Group won the refurbishment tender and commenced work in June last year. The project supported 120 local construction jobs.
Quotes attributable to Chief Minister, Michael Gunner.
“Jobs are the Territory Labor Government’s number one priority and through our investment in major school infrastructure projects this financial year, we have supported more than 900 construction jobs right across the Territory.
“I am proud to be able to deliver this upgrade for the Ludmilla community, to a school that last year celebrated its 50 year anniversary, and will continue to serve the community for many years to come.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, Selena Uibo.
“The Territory Labor Government knows quality infrastructure underpins quality learning and this upgrade of Ludmilla Primary School will meet the needs of students now and well into the future.
“The contemporary learning spaces and new classrooms, along with the new Early Learning Centre, will help children receive the best possible start towards a bright future.
“We know that the first years of a child’s life are critical and impact their success in school and into their adult years. That’s why we’re investing in early childhood – unlike the former CLP Government who slashed $135 million from the education budget.”
Quotes attributable to Ludmilla Primary School Principal Carol Putica.
“This upgrade has provided our students with stunning contemporary learning environments equipped with the latest technology, to meet the needs of all learners.
“Our new Ludmilla Early Education Precinct (LEEP) provides an integrated area for preschools and our FaFT program and other services. This area is a delight to be in it, with strong connections to the natural world in its design and furnishings.
“Together with our exceptional teachers and awesome students we are making our motto Together We Can Achieve Anything a reality.”
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