By BRIDGET COOK
PEARCEDALE Primary School will undergo modernisation works following an announcement of almost $1 million from the State Government last week.
Education Minister Martin Dixon visited Pearcedale on Thursday, along with Hastings MP Neale Burgess, to announce funding of $970,000 for the school as part of the 2014-’15 Victorian State Budget.
The funding will enable the school to decide where the improvements should be targeted for the benefit of students and staff.
Mr Dixon said all Victorian students should have access to the best and most up-to-date school facilities.
“This is a welcome announcement for students and teachers at Pearcedale Primary School and the Hastings community,” he said.
“In addition, Pearcedale Primary School has received a Polycom videoconferencing unit, which allows teachers and schools to connect, share and collaborate over distance with high definition video and audio connections.
“Pearcedale’s students and staff are sharing new learning and teaching opportunities thanks to the Napthine Government’s investment in high quality educational infrastructure.”
Mr Burgess said he knew the local community would welcome the funding, which would ensure the school had the very best facilities for students and staff.
Principal Simon Anderson said they were still investigating exactly how the funding would be used, but they had a number of ideas.
“Modernising aspects of the school will be a priority,” he said.
“In consultation with the school community, I’m sure we will also be developing innovative ways to move our curriculum forward and make it more engaging for students.
“This further injection of funds will make Pearcedale Primary School a more engaging and vibrant learning community.”