South Australian Senator and federal Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham today officially opened the new St Mary MacKillop Centre at Xavier College in the Barossa.

Students and staff at Xavier College now have full use of their new facilities which includes a Resource Centre, Student Hub and three flexible teaching and learning spaces with transparent and operable walls. The Turnbull Government provided $1,650,000 in funding from the Capital Grants Program.

“It was great to visit Xavier College and see the new facilities firsthand and the impact they will have,” Minister Birmingham said.

“Students and the whole school community will benefit from using the new facilities.

“These new learning spaces take into account the latest in education research and will see students learn more effectively.”

The Turnbull Government is providing higher levels of school funding than ever before – a record $73.9 billion in total Commonwealth funding over the forward estimates in all states and territories.

Nationally that represents funding growth from a record $16.1 billion this year to $20.2 billion in 2020, all to be allocated based on need.

Minister Birmingham said the Coalition’s funding growth is sustainable but will be tied to a range of evidence-based initiatives to support students by focussing on outcomes in literacy, numeracy and STEM subjects, helping lift teacher quality and better preparing our children for life after school.

“While buildings alone do not make a great school, I hope students and staff will enjoy learning and be inspired by these new facilities,” Minister Birmingham said.

“The Turnbull Government is committed to improving the quality of our schools and equipping students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.”