PM visits Our Lady of the Rosary Primary St Marys following Gonski review


Our Lady of the Rosary Primary Gonski Report News Story
Our Lady of the Rosary Primary St Marys students welcome Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett, with (from left) the school’s principal, Mark Geerligs, and local MP David Bradbury.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard visited Our Lady of the Rosary Primary, St Marys on Tuesday 21 February, to speak with parents and teachers about school funding following the release of the Gonski report.

Accompanied by the Federal Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, Peter Garrett MP and Federal Member for Lindsay, David Bradbury MP, the Prime Minister was greeted by principal Mark Geerligs and school captains, Chloe Cortes and Peter Nichols, and taken on a tour of the Years 3 and 4 learning spaces.

Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Vicar General Monsignor Robert McGuckin VG EV; director of strategic accountability services, John DeCourcy, and director of system performance, Paul Menday, also accompanied the Prime Minister on the tour.

The PM and ministers then sat down with parents and teachers over Shrove Tuesday pancakes to discuss the issue of school funding and recommendations from the Gonski report.

Some of the key findings and recommendations from the report released on 20 February include:

  • $5 billion investment in Australia's government and non-government schools;
  • Australia’s school system should be funded on a per student basis rather than a per school basis. This would occur via new per student funding model: the schooling resource standard (SRS);
  • Every child in Australia is entitled to an equal amount of base funding - $8000 for primary students and $10,500 for secondary students;
  • Imbalances in funding between federal and state governments should be redressed, giving the two levels of government equal responsibility for funding state, Catholic and independent schools; and
  • Future funding arrangements and governance structures for schooling should aim for sustained improvements in the educational outcomes of disadvantaged students as part of achieving better outcomes for all students.

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