$30,000 BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE GRANT FOR MARY IMMACULATE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Written on the 24 August 2017 by Kevin Conolly

$30,000 BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE GRANT FOR MARY IMMACULATE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly MP visited Mary Immaculate Primary School at Quakers Hill this week to personally congratulate the school principal on being successful in obtaining a $30,000 NSW Government grant under the $20 million Before and After School Care Fund, and to see where the grant funding would be utilised.

The school will use the $30,000 grant to help pay for necessary equipment to meet the school's growing demand for Before and After School Care places. The school is now licensed to operate 200 student places, up from 120 last year, making this centre the largest in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta region.

"I am delighted to share the great news with the school principal, Mr Stephen Dowd. That's more support for working parents and more care for young school students," said Mr Conolly.

Mr Conolly was taken on a tour of the school by Mr Dowd and was impressed with the work and attention that the school had already put into its current facilities.

"Since beginning at Mary Immaculate in 2016, I've been able to work with our community and Catholic Education Parramatta to achieve several major school improvements for our students and families. Now through this grant initiative we can further support the families of Quakers Hill in collaboration with our state government colleagues," said Mr Dowd.

"Our students and parents are already telling us how much our use of the funding is making a real difference for their children. Our Before and After School facility has recently received an outstanding assessment rating. On behalf of our families, I am very appreciative of the grant funds and the ongoing support of Mr Conolly," added Mr Dowd.

Mr Conolly and Mr Dowd were joined by representatives of Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, Angela Machado and Cassandra Janssen, who provide administrative support for Before and After School Care in Catholic schools in the region.

"This is a fantastic initiative to be able to access this Before and After School Care grant from the government," said Angela Machado, Head Early Learning and Care Services.

Mr Conolly said the Before and After School Care Fund delivers on a key 2015 election commitment to help families by relieving some of the pressures they face when trying to enrol their children in before and after school care. Under this initiative, primary schools may apply for one-off grants to help with the cost of establishing a new or expanding an existing out of school hours care service.

"There is further funding available under the Before and After School Care Fund so I encourage other schools and parent groups to see if there may be other opportunities to meet the community's needs for these services" said Mr Conolly.

For more information on the grants process go to:

http://www.dec.nsw.gov.au/our-services/children-and-youth/out-of-hours-school-care-grant


Author: Kevin Conolly

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