Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt today congratulated St John’s Catholic School at Silkwood in Far North Queensland on the official opening of several new facilities.

Mr Pitt said the two new classrooms, an administration building, library and covered outdoor learning area would benefit St John’s School and the wider Silkwood community.

“These new facilities were made possible with $850,000 in Building the Education Revolution (BER) funding and I acknowledge the Federal Government’s support,” Mr Pitt said.

“I also acknowledge St John’s Catholic School contribution of $10,000 towards these projects, which is an extraordinary achievement for a tight-knit little community.

“These new facilities will make an enormous difference to the school’s 67 pupils, the teachers and the wider school community.

“St John’s School has a significant place in the local community, having been established in 1948 and educating generations of children from Silkwood and surrounding areas.

“Today’s ceremony marked a significant milestone for the school.”

Mr Pitt said the Bligh Government was also committed to ensuring all Queenslanders received a quality education.

“That is why this financial year we have allocated more than $467 million in general recurrent grants and more than $101 million in capital assistance to Queensland’s non-state schools,” he said.

“I’m pleased to say St John’s School has received more than $460,000 in recurrent funding from the State Government over the past five years and capital assistance of almost $9,500.”

Mr Pitt said today also marked the 10th anniversary of the opening of the St John’s Community Kindergarten.

“Research has shown that a child’s participation in quality early childhood education lays the foundation for their future success in learning and life,” he said.

“The Bligh Government is committed to providing universal access to quality kindergarten programs for children in the year prior to Prep.

“We are investing $71.4 million to improve access to early childhood education and care services for Queensland families in 2010-11.

“The funding will be used to open an extra 16 kindergartens throughout the state, as part of our commitment to ensuring every Queensland child receives a flying start in their education.”

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