Thursday August 14, 2014
New facilities worth $13 million were officially opened on Monday at the Kurrambee School for Specific Purposes in Werrington.
Education Minister Adrian Piccoli was joined at the opening by the Federal Member for Lindsay, Fiona Scott and State Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies.
Mr Piccoli said the relocation of the Kurrambee School is a major investment in special education in Western Sydney, providing modern teaching and learning facilities for students with disabilities.
“The school was relocated to the old Penrith Valley Learning Centre site and the project replaced all of the school’s demountables,” Mr Piccoli said.
“The new facilities include 17 new and refurbished classrooms; a hydrotherapy pool; a facility for special programs; a multi-purpose hall; a Covered Outdoor Learning Area; and a staff study and resource centre.”
“The Kurrambee School is one of 19 Schools for Specific Purposes upgraded by the NSW Government using $94 million of residual Building the Education Revolution (BER) funding.
“These schools cater for students with some of the most complex learning needs and a number of other schools in Western and South Western Sydney also received upgrades, including Holroyd School at Merrylands and William Rose School at Seven Hills.”
Fiona Scott said the project was completed and handed over to the school in December 2013.
“The entire school community worked tirelessly at the end of last year and into the 2013 school holidays to ensure the school was operational on the first day of Term One,” Fiona Scott said.
“This work is a testament to Kurrambee School which continues to be an inspiration to our community.
“I am proud to be part of a community that includes a school as wonderful as Kurrambee. The quality education they provide to some of our most vulnerable children is sure to enable the students to have the very best of opportunities.
“The rebuild has provided students, staff and families with the quality facilities they need to continue this great work. I could not think of a more deserving school to be the beneficiary of this residual BER funding,” Fiona Scott added.
Tanya Davies said staff at the Kurrambee School establish deep personal relationships with each student and family.
“They demonstrate care, concern, compassion and warmth as they focus on students’ social and academic development. Staff make the difference and ensure that students are at the heart of all they do,” Tanya Davies said.
“Since March 2011, the NSW Government has committed over $25 million to school capital works and maintenance projects in the Mulgoa electorate. Schools in the Mulgoa electorate also received a total of $1.9 million of additional equity funding in 2014 under the Resource Allocation Model.
“This additional equity funding is distributed on a needs basis to support those students who require it most.
“The new facilities at Kurrambee School will go a long way to supporting those students in Western Sydney with special needs.”