Media Release

23 October 2018

Smith: Liberal Nationals to spend on STEM centre at Rowville Primary School

Tuesday 23 October 2018

Liberal Nationals to spend on STEM centre at Rowville Primary School

A Liberal Nationals Government will provide a $250,000 upgrade for Rowville Primary School to establish a STEM Learning Centre to regenerate learning at the school.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) is a vital part of the school curriculum for this generation of students.

Daniel Andrews has lost control of population growth and our local schools are falling behind with a lack of much needed education facilities.

The Liberal Nationals have a plan to address the pressures caused by unchecked population growth and get ahead of school infrastructure needs, by upgrading the facilities at Rowville Primary School. New classroom fit-outs, technology upgrades and other facilities will enable teachers to open up new areas of the STEM curriculum to students.

Rowville Primary currently runs a weekly STEM program for students from year 3 to year 6, where all the students create a digital portfolio to display their work. In 2018, Rowville started a partnership with Young Engineers to foster the connections and skills students need to excel in STEM.

With 440 students enrolled at Rowville Primary, the grant will provide modern, updated technology and facilities to a large number of students who can fully explore their interest in STEM subjects at school.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Education, Tim Smith:

“Rowville Primary School is an outstanding local primary school. Students wanting to spend more time learning STEM subjects need to be supported with the best possible learning environments and with access to the technology they are learning about. A facilities upgrade will support teachers in delivering STEM subjects, knowing they have the necessary resources to help their students excel.

The Liberal Nationals are committed to providing new STEM facilities at Rowville Primary School and giving local students every chance they need to pursue a quality education.”

Comments attributable to Member for Rowville, Kim Wells:

“Parents in the Knox community are keen to see their children have the best education possible and they should be able to send their children to a quality school in their local area.

The Andrews Labor Government has ignored schools in the Rowville electorate for four long years. This funding commitment means that students will now be able to enjoy the facilities they deserve.

Rowville Primary School have been seeking extra funding for new technology facilities since 2010, and Labor did not match my 2014 commitment to deliver this. I am very glad that the Liberal Nationals are now able to support the school to ensure this funding is provided.”