Remote schools and students with additional needs will benefit from a $6 million project to build 15 new classrooms.
The Northern Territory Government has awarded four contracts to Territory businesses to deliver the modular classrooms to eight schools.
These packages of works form part of the Territory Labor Government’s $11 million classroom stimulus program, announced last year.
The new classrooms provide high-quality educational spaces with good acoustic qualities and state-of-the-art IT connectivity.
Schools that will benefit from these new classrooms are:
· Alekerenge – 3;
· Newcastle Waters – 1;
· Gapuwiyak – 2;
· Neutral Junction – 1;
· Ngukurr – 2;
· Woodroffe Primary – 3; and
· Nightcliff Primary (includes one for Nemarluk Annexe) – 2.
Another site will be announced following consultation with the community.
Classrooms at Nightcliff Primary School and Woodroffe Primary School are for students with additional needs.
The new classrooms will, in most cases, replace aged infrastructure and the stimulus includes a modest allowance for the demolition of current buildings.
The buildings will rollout to schools from June, with some scheduled to be delivered in July.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education Lauren Moss:
“The Territory Labor Government is investing in school infrastructure by providing contemporary learning environments for our teachers to deliver high-quality teaching and learning programs tailored to meet the needs of their students.
“Ten of the 15 classrooms will be delivered to remote areas across Barkly and Arnhem with five for students with additional needs in Palmerston and Darwin.
“We know that a strong, inclusive and supportive education system will see all students, irrespective of their ability, reach their full potential and achieve meaningful outcomes, and this project will see these two schools receive much-needed classrooms that will provide learning amenities to support students with additional needs.”