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    There is an increasing need to provide school services more efficiently and effectively. We need to continue developing strategic alliances and stronger partnerships with parents, parishes, local government, business and community services and explore options to co-locate schools with community health centres, kindergartens and activity centres. 

    Theme 3: Capability to Better Serve and Lead, Catholic Education Melbourne Strategic Plan 2015–2019 

    Personal Story

     

    Patricia Cowling
    Former Principal, Genazzano FCJ College, Kew

    Overview

    The Infrastructure and Capital Funding Team supports schools to undertake their capital development through a number of initiatives:

    • Australian Government Capital Grants Programme
    • Victorian Government Capital Funding Program
    • Supplementary Capital Fund
    • Master Planning Support
    • Relocatable Classrooms
    • Trade Training Centres in Schools
    • Moonlight Head.

    Australian Government Capital Grants Programme

    The Australian Government Capital Grants Programme (CGP) 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.

    Twelve schools were successful in receiving funding support totalling $9,800,000 under the Capital Grants Programme (CGP). These projects are shown below:

    School Name Location Project Description Proposed Grant
    St John the Apostle Catholic Primary School Tarneit West Construction of Stage 2 of new school Year 3/4 learning space, administration, external works and associated spaces. 1,500,000  
    St Clare's Catholic School Truganina South Construction of Stage 2 of a new school including general learning areas, specialist spaces, associated areas and external works. 1,300,000  
    Proposed Primary School Wallan Wallan Construction of Stage 1 of a new school on a greenfield site. 2,000,000  
    Caroline Chisholm Catholic College Braybrook Construction of performing arts and music centre. Demolition of non-functional spaces. 2,000,000  
    Kolbe Catholic College Greenvale Lakes Construction of a middle school building including general learning areas and associated spaces. Relocation of existing pre-fabricated learning areas. 2,000,000  
    Catholic Regional College Sydenham Sydenham Construction of sporting courts roof with lighting and seating and multi-purpose play surface. 1,000,000  
        Total 9,800,000

    Victorian Government Capital Grants Program

    The State Government has committed $84 million over four years to ensure that those Victorian Catholic schools with the greatest need are given the opportunity to seek funding to create contemporary educational spaces which meet their teaching and learning requirements.

    Under the Year 1 of the Victorian Government Capital Funding Program five school projects received funding support. These projects shown below, are to have their school Block Grant Authority (BGA) Agreements in place in 2016:

    School Name Location Project Description Grant Amount
    St Ignatius College Geelong Drysdale Construction of a multi-purpose hall. 2,000,000
    St Martin of Tours Primary School Rosanna Refurbishment of classrooms and art rooms. 1,500,000
    Nazareth College Noble Park North Refurbishment of the VCAL centre, food technology rooms and toilets. 1,000,000
    St Francis Xavier Primary School Montmorency Refurbishment of the main building including seven general purpose learning areas and associated works. 850,000
    Our Lady of Lourdes Prahran East Reconstruction of classrooms. 600,000
        Total 5,950,000

    Supplementary Capital Fund

    The Supplementary 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.

    Under the Supplementary Capital Fund (SCF), four Catholic primary schools received just over $ 7,427,571 in funding support for their capital projects, as shown in the table below:

    School Name Location Project Description Proposed Grant
    St Scholastica's School Bennettswood Retrospective funding support $393,550
    St Clare's Catholic School Truganina South Construction of Stage 2 of a new school including general learning areas, specialist spaces, associated areas and external works. $2,634,497
    St John the Apostle Catholic Primary School Tarneit West Construction of Stage 2 of new school Year 3/4 learning space, administration, external works and associated spaces. $1,939,524
    Proposed Primary School Wallan Wallan Construction of Stage 1 of a new school on a greenfield site. $2,460,000
        Total 7,427,571

    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.

    Relocatable Classrooms

    The modular relocatable classroom was introduced to Catholic Education Melbourne in the 1970s as a building that could be installed at schools with urgent short-term accommodation needs. In 2015, Catholic Education Melbourne administered a pool of 84 relocatable classrooms to assist schools with their short-term needs.

    Relocatable classrooms are allocated by Catholic Education Melbourne 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.

    The following table shows the Relocatable Classroom allocation for the Archdiocese of Melbourne in 2015:

    Location School No. of Classrooms
    Aspendale St Louis De Montfort’s School 5
    Caroline Springs Christ the Priest Catholic Primary School 1
    Crib Point St Joseph’s School 2
    Dandenong St Mary’s School 1
    Derrimut St Lawrence School 4
    Drysdale St Ignatius College Geelong 1
    Gladstone Park School of the Good Shepherd 2
    Healesville St Brigid’s School 3
    Hillside Cana Catholic Primary School 4
    Kilmore St Patrick’s Primary School 6
    Lalor West St Catherine’s School 2
    Lancefield St Mary’s School 2
    Lara St Anthony’s School 1
    Mooroolbark St Peter Julian Eymard 4
    New Gisborne Holy Cross Primary School 1
    Point Cook Lumen Christi School 11
    Point Cook West Stella Maris Catholic Primary School 2
    Roxburgh Park Good Samaritan Catholic Primary School 14
    South Morang Marymede Catholic College 10
    Sydenham Emmaus Catholic Primary School 4
    Tarneit St John the Apostle Catholic Primary School 2
    Whittlesea St Mary’s School 2
      Total: 84

    Trade Training 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. This program is now closed and funded schools are now moving to the operational phase of their TSC facility.

    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 competed the construction phase of their projects with the expectation that they would be fully operational in 2016. These projects are shown below:  

    School Name Value of TTC funding
    St Mary’s College for Hearing Impaired Students, Wantirna South  – Lead School $1,400,000
    Marymede Catholic College, South Morang – Cluster School
    Penola Catholic College, Broadmeadows $1,260,000
    St Monica’s College, Epping $1,000,000
    Total $3,660,000

    Moonlight Head

    The Moonlight Head site is to be developed by Catholic Education Melbourne 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.

    In 2015 Catholic Education Melbourne continued with development of the property by undertaking the following key activities:

    • commended restoration of the historic Moonlight Head Hotel
    • ongoing maintenance and site management incorporating:
      • repair of fencing for stock control and maintenance
      • improvement of internal farm tracks to improve all-weather access to the property
      • ongoing weed control, fire mitigation works and pasture management
       
    • completion of the refurbishment of the visitor lodges onsite
    • appointment of a Project Reference Group to guide the development of an overall site master plan for the long term development and management of the site.

    Professional Learning program

    Title Dates Attendees
    Developing a School Master Plan 9 & 11 September 2015 46

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