Students get new computers
SAINT Joseph's College in Banora Point celebrated the distribution of new notebook computers for all of its students.
The college received $748,865 for the computers through the Gillard Government's Digital Education Revolution (DER) program.
Deputy principal of Saint Joseph's College Peter Lyon said every student from year 7 to 12 got a Macbook computer.
“They're ecstatic, as you would expect. It has been like Christmas in July,” Mr Lyon said.
“It has been very, very well received by the students.
“We have used the grant from the Federal Government's education revolution and a co-contribution from parents as well as support of the parish to extend the rollout to every student in the school.”
Richmond MP Justine Elliot congratulated the school on its efforts to provide its students with educational and beneficial equipment.
“The Gillard Government is working to ensure that all Australian students have a great education,” Ms Elliot said.
“The digital education revolution is helping to bring our schools and classrooms into the 21st Century, and is equipping our kids with the tools they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”
The DER is a $2.4 billion investment for children's future and education.
The main focus of the investment is to prepare school student's to be able to live and work in a digital world while providing a sustainable and meaningful change to teaching.
St Joseph's College has received $200,000 under the Gillard Government's Building the Education Revolution for refurbishment of facilities.
The building and education revolution has given more than $110 million to the Richmond electorate which has benefited more than 90 schools from 199 projects and is a key piece to the Gillard Government's $42 billion Nation Building – Economic Stimulus Plan designed to create jobs and boost economic growth.
The plan included $21.5 billion in funding to states and territories for infrastructure investment.
For states to get their share of funding, they have to meet tight deadlines for building.