Olympic Village Primary School has received a grant of $200,000 to build creative play and outdoor learning areas. The grant, from the Inclusive Schools Fund, will provide shade to increase access and use of classroom connected courtyards, as well as developing a community recreation and leisure area, as an integral part of the school facilities.
The works will be a timely finishing touch to the new $6 million school in Heidelberg West. This saw the construction of the new school and demolition of the dilapidated old school, with students moving into their new ‘state of the art’ classrooms in Term 4 of 2019.
The Inclusive Schools Fund is part of the State Government’s commitment to inclusive education, which is ensuring that students with disabilities and additional needs get the same opportunities as other students.
Since the Fund was established in 2015 more than 232 creative projects to build inclusive learning spaces, outdoor sensory areas and accessible playgrounds have been announced. Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, can fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools.
The State Government is building the Education State to ensure every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Strengthening inclusive education for all students, including those with disabilities and additional learning needs, is fundamental to an equitable and excellent school system.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino MP
“This funding is about giving every child the best chance to meet their potential.”
“As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can access a great education regardless of background, circumstances or educational needs.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines MP
“This is great news for Olympic Village Primary School students, who will benefit from the new inclusive spaces. They will provide important outdoor facilities to compliment the new school buildings.”
“I commend the work of the Olympic Village Primary School community – students, parents and teachers, in working together to build the new school, and now the outdoor infrastructure they need to inspire a passion for learning in all students.”