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Infrastructure and Capital Funding
The Infrastructure and Capital Funding team supports
schools to undertake their capital development through a number of initiatives:
Government Capital Grants Programme
Government Capital Grants Programme is available to assist 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.
The government has extended this funding through to 2017.
Centres in Schools
The Trade Training Centres in Schools (TTC)program
was introduced by the Australian Government in 2008 to support the development
of school facilities to provide for vocational education and training. The
Sector was successful in securing support to the amount of just over $12.3m in
the final round of the program. This program is now closed.
Capital Fund (SCF) is serviced by a per-head capital levy on primary school
students in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, to assist these schools with annual
capital repayments for approved projects including the establishment of new
schools. This program runs on an annual basis.
Master Planning Support
The master planning support for schools continues to be
an important process in enabling schools to plan their capital and facility
development, to reflect changes in pedagogical practice and enrolment changes
that impact on the space required by a school for education purposes.
The modular relocatable
classroom was introduced to the CEOM in the 1970’s as a building that could
be installed at schools with urgent short-term accommodation needs. In 2014,
the CEOM administered a pool of 85 relocatable classrooms to assist schools
with their short-term needs.
Relocatable classrooms are allocated by the CEOM on an annual
needs basis. A school’s enrolment profile and the amount of space available per
student are assessed and taken into consideration. Master plans are seen as
assisting schools in determining the type and location of permanent and
relocatable facilities required to support schools, to respond to the changes
in enrolment profiles.
Moonlight Head site is to be
developed by the CEOM to create a Rural Learning campus for the Catholic sector.
The site is around 400 hectares of land located on the southern side of the
Great Ocean Road at Wattle Hill, some 65 kilometres south-west of the Victorian
coastal resort town of Apollo Bay. The Moonlight Head campus will provide a
stimulating opportunity for students in truly remote coastal environment.
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were successful in receiving funding support totalling just over $23 million
under the Capital Grants Programme (CGP). These projects are shown below:
Molly McQueenYear 12 student in 2014 Avila College, Mount Waverley. Profoundly deaf and totally dependent on two cochlear implants to hear, Molly McQueen graduated from Avila College, Mount Waverley, at the end of 2014 with an ATAR of 84.6 and is now studying psychology and forensic science at Swinburne University.
I think the best thing I can say about my time at Avila College is that they treated me as a normal person and made sure my disability didn’t stop me doing anything that I wanted to do at school. So many activities, like the Year 10 study trip to Italy, will stay with me for a lifetime.
I always thought it must be pretty expensive to provide for someone like me, but when I stopped to think about everything Avila did it reinforced that I had the best time at high school.
The personalised support I received was wonderful –from radio frequency microphones that transmitted directly into my ear and specialist computer equipment, to teachers being my ears at swimming carnivals and providing a note taker in Year 12 English.
And it went well beyond funding. So many teachers were there for me, like Mr Johnson in Year 12 legal studies, who met with me one-on-one every week to make sure I understood everything. I got a study score of 40 and was so glad to be able to repay his commitment.
I now want to help others and to work in the legal justice system, maybe with victims of crime, and also to mentor people with deafness, because not a lot of deaf students had the same access to funding and the same experience as me.
I know I wouldn’t be where I am without Avila.
Under Round 5,
Phase 1, of the Trade Training Centres in Schools program, the three projects
in the Archdiocese that were successful in receiving funding support for their
capital works have received confirmation of this funding assistance and are now
progressing to the construction phase of their projects. These projects are
Under the Supplementary Capital Fund (SCF), 12 Catholic primary schools received just over $5,757,878
in funding support for their capital projects, as shown in the table below:
table shows the Relocatable Classroom allocation for the Archdiocese in 2014:
In 2014 the CEOM
continued with development of the property by undertaking the following key activities:
of master planning process for the long-term development and management of the
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