Secure equitable and sustainable funding.
Ensure effective stewardship of resources.
Develop, implement and maintain support and enabling systems.
Provide accessible, affordable Catholic schools for all Catholic families.
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The Catholic Education Office Melbourne (CEOM) provides services to schools including facilities management and the provision of mechanisms and support for schools to undertake their capital development through a number of initiatives.
In 2012 the CEOM refocused on the activity associated with the Digital Education Revolution (DER), Trade Training Centres (TTC) in Schools Program, Supplementary Capital Fund-assisted projects and self-funded projects.
Digital Education Revolution (DER)
The aim of the Digital Education Revolution (DER) is to contribute sustainable and meaningful change to teaching and learning in Australian schools that will prepare students to live and work in a digital world. Under this program funds are available to assist secondary schools to achieve and maintain a ratio of one computer for every student (Years 9–12) through to 30 September 2013 and will cease on this date.
In 2012 schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne expended approximately $9.2 million of DER funds for the purchase of computers, and $5.6 million of On-Costs funds for the effective deployment of machines under the program. All participating schools have reported an achievement of the one-to-one ratio.
Trade Training Centres in Schools Program
The Trade Training Centres (TTC) in Schools Program was introduced by the Australian Government in 2008. The aim of the Program is to provide $2.5 billion over 10 years to enable all secondary schools in Australia access to vocational training. Schools are able to apply for funding of between $500,000 and a maximum of $1.5 million for TTC capital projects.
Round 5, Phase 1 of the TTC Program was opened on 30 November 2012, with shortlisted projects to be submitted to the Australian Government on 28 March 2013.
The Australian Government Capital Program
The Australian Government Capital Program assists schools in undertaking their capital development projects and operates on an annual basis. Schools submit their project proposals for consideration in December and the assessment and recommendations process is concluded by the following September.
Marymede Catholic College, South Morang
Emmanuel JakwotYear 12 StudentSt John's Regional College, Dandenong
I came to Melbourne from Sudan as a 10-year-old not knowing much about Australia, its people, its culture or its sports. I have been at St John’s for the past six years and it has been a massive journey.
St John’s has given me so much – encouragement from the teachers and peer support from the other students. The school has given me life skills that will help me long after I have finished my VCE and left the school. It’s been a great experience because the environment here is so different to Sudan.
The education and the faith the school provides has helped me to grow as a person and has assisted my learning across a range of areas. Everyone has ups and downs and makes mistakes. The way to move forward is to learn from your mistakes.
I had a sports teacher in Year 9 who was keen to get me to play Aussie Rules. I was playing basketball and soccer at the time and he kept urging me to take on the local sport. He said many good basketballers go on to be successful football players. It’s true to say I fell in love with footy and haven’t looked back. I’m training with the Southern Stingrays and wouldn’t mind a professional career in football. I’m doing my VCE and I would like a good result and a good career. I still haven’t decided what I want to do but we are constantly told that young people today will have numerous jobs over their lifetime.
In 2012, six schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne were recommended to the Australian Government for funding totalling $8,325,000 under the Capital Grants Program (CGP), see table below.
Supplementary Capital Fund (SCF)
The Supplementary Capital Fund (SCF) is serviced by a per head capital levy on primary school students in the Archdiocese of Melbourne to assist primary schools with annual capital repayments for approved projects, and to assist with the establishment of new schools. This program runs on an annual basis.
Under the Supplementary Capital Fund, 16 Catholic primary schools received just over $11 million in funding support for their capital projects, see table below.
Project Cost $
SCF Support $
Master Planning Support
The CEOM Framework Learning Centred Schools: A Sacred Landscape continued to be a key document guiding the development of school learning spaces by highlighting the importance of connecting pedagogical practice and the physical environment.
Catholic Leadership Centre (CLC)
The construction phase of the new purpose-built Catholic Leadership Centre was completed in November 2012. The completed conference facility includes 45 hotel accommodation units, 2 large lecture halls, 10 teaching / seminar spaces, a 400-seat dining facility and cutting edge technologies to support the delivery of its programs.
Catholic Leadership Centre, East Melbourne
In 2012 the CEOM successfully applied for a rezoning of pockets of land at the Moonlight Head property to allow for development of the land for a Rural Learning Campus. The zoning change provides the opportunity, subject to planning permission, to operate the property as one or more school camp facilities in the future.
In 2012 the CEOM administered 102 relocatable classrooms to assist schools in catering for enrolment growth, see table below.
Number of Classrooms
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