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Fast Facts – Daniel Andrews’ Breakfast Club

What did Daniel Andrews promise to do?

“…an Andrews Labor Government will invest $13.5 million into Foodbank, so they can establish breakfast clubs at 500 government primary schools and serve 25,000 children across the state.”

Source:  Labor’s Back to School policy

What did this year’s Budget papers say about school breakfast clubs?

“The Foodbank organisation will be funded to serve free breakfast to 25 000 children across the State every school day.”

Source:  Budget paper 3 – page 51

How much funding did this year’s Budget allocate to “serve free breakfast to 25,000 children across the state every school day”?

$1.5 million in 2015-16

Source:  Budget paper 3 – page 47

How much does that work out to per student?

If you divide $1.5 million for 2015-16 by the promised 25,000 students, this equates to $60 funding for breakfast per student per year.

If you divide the $60 by 40 school weeks in a year, that’s $1.50 per student per week.

If you divide the $1.50 by five days that make up the week, you are left with only 30 cents per student per day.

Conclusion

Today’s announcement by Daniel Andrews will allow just 30 cents per student in 2015-16.

$100,000 to upgrade Monbulk Primary School

Minister for Education Martin Dixon and the Liberal candidate for Monbulk Mark Verschuur met students and teachers at Monbulk Primary School today, and announced a $100,000 funding commitment to upgrade the school, under a re-elected Coalition Government.

“The Napthine Government is building better schools for all Victorian students and I’m delighted to announce a $100,000 upgrade of Monbulk Primary School if the Victorian Coalition Government is re-elected,” Mr Dixon said.

“According to the school’s needs, this $100,000 investment will be used to construct a cover for the school’s library walkway.”

Mr Dixon said the government has a strong record of delivering high quality educational infrastructure and programs.

“The Napthine Government is proud to be delivering 24 new schools and upgrades to hundreds of schools similar to Monbulk Primary School,” Mr Dixon said.

Mr Verschuur said students in the area were already benefitting from the Coalition Government’s infrastructure investment.

“Since 2011, $849,000 has been invested in Boronia Heights Primary School, and $15 million to significantly upgrade Boronia K-12,” Mr Verschuur said.

“A re-elected Napthine Government will continue to invest in local educational infrastructure, and I am pleased to be able to support Monbulk students with this brand new infrastructure.

Mr Dixon said that while Labor had neglected Victorian schools, the Napthine Government has increased maintenance funding by 40 per cent to address the former government’s shameful underinvestment.

The Napthine Government is building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor’s last budget in 2010.

$3.8 million commitment to upgrade Eildon Schools

Students and families will benefit from a $3.8 million investment in local Eildon schools under a re-elected Napthine Government, Minister for Education Martin Dixon announced today.

Mr Dixon made the announcement at Mansfield Secondary College today where he and the Liberal candidate for Eildon Cindy McLeish and the Nationals candidate for Eildon Jim Child met with students and staff.

“The Napthine Government is building better schools for all Victorian students and I’m delighted to announce a $2.8 million upgrade of Mansfield Secondary College if the Victorian Coalition Government is re-elected,” Mr Dixon said.

“This $2.8 million investment will upgrade existing facilities to support great quality teaching and learning for students at Mansfield Secondary College.”

Mr Dixon and Ms McLeish also visited Woori Yallock Primary School to announce that a re-elected Coalition Government would deliver $1 million to upgrade their facilities.

Mr Dixon said the government has a strong record of delivering high quality educational infrastructure.

“We are proud to be delivering 24 new schools and upgrades to hundreds of schools that are similar to Mansfield Secondary College and Woori Yallock Primary School,” Mr Dixon said.

Ms McLeish said students in Eildon were already benefiting from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1.1 billion total investment in school infrastructure.

“The Napthine Government has already delivered $2.3 million dollars in capital funding for schools in Eildon, and an additional $1.67 million in maintenance funding for schools in the area,” Ms McLeish said.

“The Napthine Government is committed to funding this modern, high quality school infrastructure, and if elected, I look forward to working hard with the local schools here in Eildon to support our students and families.”

The Napthine Government is building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor’s last budget in 2010.

$3.8 million commitment to upgrade Eildon Schools

Students and families will benefit from a $3.8 million investment in local Eildon schools under a re-elected Napthine Government, Minister for Education Martin Dixon announced today.

Mr Dixon made the announcement at Mansfield Secondary College today where he and the Liberal candidate for Eildon Cindy McLeish and the Nationals candidate for Eildon Jim Child met with students and staff.

“The Napthine Government is building better schools for all Victorian students and I’m delighted to announce a $2.8 million upgrade of Mansfield Secondary College if the Victorian Coalition Government is re-elected,” Mr Dixon said.

“This $2.8 million investment will upgrade existing facilities to support great quality teaching and learning for students at Mansfield Secondary College.”

Mr Dixon and Ms McLeish also visited Woori Yallock Primary School to announce that a re-elected Coalition Government would deliver $1 million to upgrade their facilities.

Mr Dixon said the government has a strong record of delivering high quality educational infrastructure.

“We are proud to be delivering 24 new schools and upgrades to hundreds of schools that are similar to Mansfield Secondary College and Woori Yallock Primary School,” Mr Dixon said.

Ms McLeish said students in Eildon were already benefiting from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1.1 billion total investment in school infrastructure.

“The Napthine Government has already delivered $2.3 million dollars in capital funding for schools in Eildon, and an additional $1.67 million in maintenance funding for schools in the area,” Ms McLeish said.

“The Napthine Government is committed to funding this modern, high quality school infrastructure, and if elected, I look forward to working hard with the local schools here in Eildon to support our students and families.”

The Napthine Government is building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor’s last budget in 2010.

Napthine Government delivers $500,000 for Gleneagles SC Sports Pavilion

Minister for Education Martin Dixon and Liberal candidate for Narre Warren North Amanda Stapledon today announced $500,000 for the construction of a new sports pavilion at Gleneagles Secondary College in Endeavour Hills.

“The Napthine Government is committed to delivering better facilities for all Victorian students and I’m delighted to be here today to announce the construction of this sports pavilion at Gleneagles Secondary College,” Mr Dixon said.

This investment will complement a new synthetic soccer pitch which is being funded by the City of Casey.

“The Napthine Government is delivering a $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure, including 24 new schools across the State, and upgrades to hundreds of existing schools,” Mr Dixon said.

Ms Stapledon said that the project was a great example of how schools, local councils and the wider community could work together for the benefit of all.

“The soccer pitch and sport pavilion is an excellent example of state and local government working with a local school, to deliver a great community resource for local students,” Ms Stapledon said.

Ms Stapledon said that the new sports pavilion would allow students to engage in sports and support healthy lifestyles, which can lead to enhanced academic achievement.

“The pavilion will be a boost for the local football fans, and capitalise on the increasing popularity of the world game in Victoria,” Ms Stapledon said.

“The recent large crowds at A-League soccer matches show that soccer is riding a new wave of popularity in Australia, and I am pleased that our local community will be able to share in the benefits of sport, right here in Narre Warren North.”

Ms Stapledon said the Narre Warren North community would benefit from the Napthine Government’s strong record on delivering for education.

The Napthine Government is building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor’s last budget in 2010.

$1.5 million extends Alannah and Madeline eSmart program

Victoria’s leading approach to cyber safety in schools has been extended for another three years, thanks to a $1.5 million investment from the Napthine Government.

Minister for Education Martin Dixon today announced the extension of the Victorian Government’s partnership with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation to June 2018.

Mr Dixon said the agreement would ensure the more than 1800 Victorian schools which have signed up to the eSmart cyber safety program will continue to receive support.

“The Napthine Government’s partnership with Alannah and Madeline Foundation has ensured Victoria is leading the way in Australia, with more than 1800 Victorian schools so far signed up to the eSmart program – which is far more than any other state,” Mr Dixon said.

“Young people are spending more and more time online, and our partnership provides schools with the tools to educate the entire school community, and ensure students use digital technology in a safe, smart and responsible way,” Mr Dixon said.

CEO of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation Dr Judith Slocombe thanked Mr Dixon for the Government’s ongoing support.

“This $1.5 million investment from the Napthine Government will allow us to continue supporting schools which face the challenge of the changing online environment. It will ensure they have access to the latest information and advice to support their students,” Dr Slocombe said.

“We know eSmart is working, with our independent evaluation results showing 98 per cent of principals would recommend eSmart to other schools. Already, a third of students in eSmart schools report that they now feel safer at school than they did a year ago.”

One of the key elements of eSmart is better connecting schools with the wider parent community and the Foundation is doing this by developing an online portal for parents seeking advice about online safety.

Since the launch of the $10.5 million eSmart initiative in 2011, Victorian schools currently completing the program include:

 1431 Government schools;

 80 Catholic schools; and

 313 Independent schools.

“The eSmart initiative has been a key part of our $14.5 million Bully Stoppers campaign and the Napthine Government is committed to continuing to share the important Bully Stoppers message – make a stand, lend a hand – with the whole Victorian community,” Mr Dixon said.

“Through Brodie’s Law, the Victorian Coalition Government has put in place the legal framework to protect young people; and through our continued support of eSmart and other initiatives we will continue to ensure young people are confident in the fight against bullying.”

For more information about the Alannah and Madeline Foundation eSmart program go to:

www.amf.org.au/esmartschools

 

VCE timetable expands to Northern Hemisphere in Australian first

For the first time in Australia, the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) will be expanded to a Northern Hemisphere timetable in 2015.

Speaking with Bentleigh Secondary College students following the first of the written VCE exams for 2014, Minister for Education Martin Dixon said the expansion of the VCE will further cement Victoria’s reputation for high quality education.

“The Napthine Government is making it easier for overseas students to sit the VCE as Australia’s first fully international senior secondary qualification,” Mr Dixon said.

“It will also create new flexibility for any Victorian schools that may wish to offer Victorian students an option to begin their VCE studies mid-year,” Mr Dixon said.

From next year the Northern Hemisphere Timetable will run from September 2015 to June 2016 for Unit 1 and 2 VCE subjects. A timetable for Unit 3 and 4 subjects will follow from September 2016 to June 2017, with the first examinations in June 2017.

The first 12 subjects offered on the new timetable will be English and English as an Additional Language, Accounting, Further Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computing, LOTE Chinese First Language, and LOTE Arabic.

There are currently 680 students studying VCE offshore. In total, more than 3,000 students have graduated from overseas VCE programs since delivery began, a large majority of whom having gone on to study at tertiary providers in Victoria and elsewhere in Australia.

Mr Dixon said the international expansion of the VCE will create more opportunities for Victorian schools to develop partnerships with overseas schools.

“We expect continued growth of interest in the VCE as an international senior secondary qualification, particularly in China, Asian and Pacific region nations and the Middle East,” Mr Dixon said.

“This will benefit teachers and students through increased international engagement and provide an additional pathway for overseas students to undertake tertiary study in Victoria.”

Mr Dixon congratulated students who had completed their first exam today

“These students have worked hard to get to this point, and I wish all VCE students success for each of their exams over the next three weeks,” Mr Dixon said.

The VCE will continue to be offered using the existing timetable from February to November.

This year’s VCE exam period runs until 19 November.

The Napthine Government is committed to building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor’s last budget in 2010.

Fast Facts:

Number of students sitting at least one exam: 82,944

 Female students sitting at least one exam: 44,038

 Male students sitting at least one exam: 38,906

 Subjects with a written exam: 104

 Examination centres in Victorian Schools: 505

 Largest examination centre: Bendigo Senior Secondary College (1006 students)

 Smallest examination centres: Cornish College, Lavers Hill P-12 College and Werrimull P-12 School (four students sitting exams at each centre)

 Number of mature-age students: 880

 Number of VCE languages being examined: 45

 Students sitting at least one written exam in Greater Geelong: 3,664

 Students sitting at least on written exam in Greater Bendigo: 1,608

 Students sitting at least one written exam in Ballarat: 1,978

The VCE is currently delivered at 15 schools overseas:

 Beijing Foreign Language School, China

 Ningbo Li Hui Li High School, China

 Qingdao No.19 Middle School, China

 Chengdu Shude High School, China

 Wuhan Foreign Language School, China

 Jiangyan No.2 High School, China

 Nanjing Foreign Language School, China

 Shanghai Pudong Foreign Language School, China

 Zhengzhou Foreign Language School, China

 Lianyungang Foreign Language School, China

 Wenzhou No. 21 Middle School, China

 Weihai No.4 Middle School, China

 Kunming Middle School, China

 Dili International School, Timor Leste

 Neil Thomas Christian University, Vanuatu.

In 2013, 339 students graduated from offshore VCE programs. Nearly 90 per cent of these graduates are now enrolled in tertiary programs in Australia (almost two-thirds at providers in Victoria).

In November 2014, 419 students will sit their final VCE examinations at providers overseas.

The General Achievement Test (GAT) is undertaken by Northern Hemisphere students at the same time as Victorian students in June.

 

Coalition launches five-year Regional Education Plan

Wednesday 29 October 2014

The Napthine Government today unveiled a five-year strategy to improve educational outcomes in rural and regional Victoria – across the early childhood, schools, and higher education and skills sectors.

Minister for Education Martin Dixon said the new strategy aims to improve learning and development for all students, which has a direct impact on the social and economic success of rural and regional Victorians.

“The research shows that in some regional areas, smaller and more remote populations can present challenges for students and educators,” Mr Dixon said.

“The Napthine Government’s five-year strategy, together with record investments of $1.2 billion in vocation training, and $9.2 billion for school education, will support rural and regional learners to gain the right skills and knowledge to succeed in further education and work.”

Each year the Napthine Government provides rural and regional communities with $1.65 billion for government schools, $167 million to non-government schools, a further $34 million for kindergarten programs, more than $300 million in subsidies for vocational training regional delivery and approximately $27 million a year to assist students travelling to and from schools in rural and regional areas.

Aspiring Learners, Thriving Communities commits to supporting local education by:

 Working with educators and communities to improve engagement, strengthen rural and regional learning aspirations, and increase exposure to a variety of pathways;

 Testing and implementing effective recruitment and retention practices for teachers and education leaders in rural areas;

 Improving access to customised professional development through regional and virtual delivery of Bastow Institute of Teaching courses; and

 Supporting whole-of-community responses to changing training needs of industry

Minister for Higher Education and Skills Nick Wakeling said the Napthine Government’s $20 million Regional Partnerships Facilitation Fund is already supporting vocational training institutes and universities to develop new opportunities in regional areas.

“We want to build on the strengths of our rural and regional communities, such as the high levels of social connection and community participation,” Mr Wakeling said.

“We are supporting increased collaboration between vocational training institutes and universities, such as the Deakin University/The Gordon partnership to provide seamless pathways from vocational training to university studies, helping to make higher education more affordable and accessible to regional Victorians.”

Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell said that six of the eight Linking Learning hubs selected in May 2014 are in regional Victoria.

“Linking Learning is a three-year $2.3 million project to boost learning for children from birth to 12 years of age through coordinated and cost-effective local partnerships between primary schools, children’s services, local councils and not-for-profit organisations,” Ms Lovell said.

“The Napthine Government is also supporting more families in regional areas to access playgroups through the Victorian Government’s $1.2 million Rural Playgroup Initiative.”

The Napthine Government is building a better education system for students of all ages, delivering record funding, targeted programs and resources to ensure that Victorians gain the right skills and knowledge to succeed in further education and work.

For more information see: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/distanceed/Pages/communities.aspx

 

Napthine Government building a better education system for all Victorian students

The Napthine Government today unveiled a five-year strategy to improve educational outcomes in rural and regional Victoria – across the early childhood, schools, and higher education and skills sectors.

Minister for Education Martin Dixon said the new strategy aims to improve learning and development for all students, which has a direct impact on the social and economic success of rural and regional Victorians.

“The research shows that in some regional areas, smaller and more remote populations can present challenges for students and educators,” Mr Dixon said.

“The Napthine Government’s five-year strategy, together with record investments of $1.2 billion in vocation training, and $9.2 billion for school education, will support rural and regional learners to gain the right skills and knowledge to succeed in further education and work.”

Each year the Napthine Government provides rural and regional communities with $1.65 billion for government schools, $167 million to non-government schools, a further $34 million for kindergarten programs, more than $300 million in subsidies for vocational training regional delivery and approximately $27 million a year to assist students travelling to and from schools in rural and regional areas.

Aspiring Learners, Thriving Communities commits to supporting local education by:

 Working with educators and communities to improve engagement, strengthen rural and regional learning aspirations, and increase exposure to a variety of pathways;

 Testing and implementing effective recruitment and retention practices for teachers and education leaders in rural areas;

 Improving access to customised professional development through regional and virtual delivery of Bastow Institute of Teaching courses; and

 Supporting whole-of-community responses to changing training needs of industry

Minister for Higher Education and Skills Nick Wakeling said the Napthine Government’s $20 million Regional Partnerships Facilitation Fund is already supporting vocational training institutes and universities to develop new opportunities in regional areas.

“We want to build on the strengths of our rural and regional communities, such as the high levels of social connection and community participation,” Mr Wakeling said.

“We are supporting increased collaboration between vocational training institutes and universities, such as the Deakin University/The Gordon partnership to provide seamless pathways from vocational training to university studies, helping to make higher education more affordable and accessible to regional Victorians.”

Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell said that six of the eight Linking Learning hubs selected in May 2014 are in regional Victoria.

“Linking Learning is a three-year $2.3 million project to boost learning for children from birth to 12 years of age through coordinated and cost-effective local partnerships between primary schools, children’s services, local councils and not-for-profit organisations,” Ms Lovell said.

“The Napthine Government is also supporting more families in regional areas to access playgroups through the Victorian Government’s $1.2 million Rural Playgroup Initiative.”

The Napthine Government is building a better education system for students of all ages, delivering record funding, targeted programs and resources to ensure that Victorians gain the right skills and knowledge to succeed in further education and work.

For more information see: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/distanceed/Pages/communities.aspx

 

$1.2 million commitment to upgrade Carnegie Primary School

Students and families in Oakleigh will benefit from a $1.2 million investment in Carnegie Primary School under a re-elected Coalition Government, Minister for Education Martin Dixon announced today.

Mr Dixon made the election commitment during a visit to Carnegie Primary School with Liberal candidate for Oakleigh Theo Zographos.

“The Napthine Government is building better schools for all Victorian students and I’m delighted to announce a $1.2 million upgrade of Carnegie Primary School if the Coalition Government is returned,” Mr Dixon said.

The funding will build on $70,000 in maintenance funding already received, and will give the school flexibility to use the funding to deliver facilities that best support student learning needs.

Mr Dixon said the Napthine Government has a clear record of delivering high quality educational infrastructure.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is proud to be delivering 24 new schools and upgrades to hundreds of schools, like Carnegie Primary School,” Mr Dixon said.

Mr Zographos said students in Oakleigh were already benefiting from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure, including $544,987 dollars in capital and maintenance funding for Carnegie, Glen Huntly and Sussex Heights Primary schools.

“As a school community, Carnegie Primary School should be proud of the quality education it delivers to students. The Napthine Government is committed to supporting the school’s rapid growth by providing this new infrastructure,” Mr Zographos said.

“If the Napthine Government is re-elected in November, I will continue to work with the school community to continue our positive investment in education in Carnegie.”

The Napthine Government is building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor’s last budget in 2010.