Ludmilla Primary Schoolstudents are enjoying revitalised classrooms and a brand new play space thanksto the Territory Labor Governments $7.4 million upgrade of one of Darwinsoldest schools.
Minister for Education SelenaUibo today officially opened the refurbished school buildings at the50-year-old inner Darwin school, which includes 11 classrooms and two earlylearning areas.
The upgrade is part of theGovernments investment in generational change, to improve long term educationbenefits for young Territorians.
The Ludmilla works alsoincluded the installation of flood mitigation measures at the low lying school,as well as a new play area for students.
In addition to the 11 brightlyrefurbished classrooms, the redevelopment incorporates a dedicated EarlyLearning Centre, which includes a pre-school with capacity for 44 children, asupported playgroup and Ludmillas popular Families as First Teacher (FaFT)site.
FaFT, a key Territory LaborGovernment early years program, currently operates at 39 sites across theTerritory, largely in remote communities.
The Ludmilla FaFT is one ofthe most popular sites, with 98 children enrolled.
Local builder PTM Group wonthe refurbishment tender and commenced work in June last year. The projectsupported 120 local construction jobs.
Quotesattributable to Chief Minister, Michael Gunner.
Jobs are the Territory LaborGovernments number one priority and through our investment in major schoolinfrastructure projects this financial year, we have supported more than 900construction jobs right across the Territory.
I am proud to be able todeliver this upgrade for the Ludmilla community, to a school that last yearcelebrated its 50 year anniversary, and will continue to serve the communityfor many years to come.
Quotesattributable to Minister for Education, Selena Uibo.
The Territory Labor Government knows quality infrastructure underpinsquality learning and this upgrade of Ludmilla Primary School will meet theneeds of students now and well into the future.
The contemporary learning spaces and new classrooms, along withthe new Early Learning Centre, will help children receive the best possiblestart towards a bright future.
We know that the first years of a childs life are critical andimpact their success in school and into their adult years. Thats why wereinvesting in early childhood unlike the former CLP Government who slashed$135 million from the education budget.
Quotesattributable to Ludmilla Primary School Principal Carol Putica.
This upgradehas provided our students with stunning contemporary learning environmentsequipped with the latest technology, to meet the needs of all learners.
Our new Ludmilla Early Education Precinct (LEEP) provides anintegrated area for preschools and our FaFT program and other services. Thisarea is a delight to be in it, with strong connections to the natural world inits design and furnishings.
Together with our exceptional teachers and awesome students weare making our motto Together We CanAchieve Anything a reality.