MOUNT WAVERLEY NORTH PRIMARY SCHOOL
Mr FREGON (Mount Waverley) (19:04:59): (1633) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Education. The action I seek is for the minister to provide funding for Mount Waverley North Primary School in my electorate, which has applied for a new covered and resurfaced outdoor learning area under the government’s Inclusive Schools Fund. Mount Waverley North is a fantastic school, and I have thoroughly enjoyed gathering signatures from the parents of Mount Waverley North in support of their application to the Inclusive Schools Fund. Community support for this application has been outstanding. In just four days we amassed over 200 signatures from a school of 348 students. Their application requesting support for a new covered and resurfaced outdoor learning area will greatly improve the accessibility they can offer all of their students and local community groups, particularly for disabled students and family members with accessibility issues. This year’s prep enrolments have highlighted the need for better accessibility at the school. This has included the installation of ramps, disabled car park access and new toilets. The new proposed shelter would mean all-year-round access for students, staff, parents, carers and grandparents with a disability or mobility issues to attend whole-school events. It would also mean a shaded and accessible space for students to play in and participate in outdoor learning experiences. I just want to quickly acknowledge the hard work of principal Natalie Grieve and assistant principal Andrew James along with the teachers, staff, the school council, parents and the wider community in advocating for their students and helping me highlight the need for this inclusive space.
I am informed as follows:
The Inclusive Schools Fund (ISF) is ensuring that students with disabilities get the same opportunities as other students. An inclusive education system enables all students to be welcomed, accepted and engaged, so that they can participate, achieve, and thrive in school life.
The Andrews Labor Government recognises the importance of inclusive schools in giving our children and young people the best start in life. This is reflected in the 2019-20 State Budget commitment of $10 million to the Inclusive Schools Fund, bringing the total investment in the fund to $40 million.
I commend and join the local member for Mount Waverley in acknowledging the hard work of Principal, Natalie Grieve, and assistant Principal, Andrew James, along with the teachers, staff, school council, parents and the wider community in advocating for the students of Mount Waverley North Primary School.
I am very pleased to confirm that Mount Waverley North Primary School successfully applied for $200,000 towards their Round 5 ISF project to build an inclusive outdoor learning space.
I look forward to seeing this project come to fruition.
The Hon James Merlino MP
Minister for Education