19 June 2020

Government kicks off expansion of Franklin Early Childhood School

| My Gungahlin
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The ACT Government is delivering on its commitment to grow Franklin Early Childhood School by kicking off a staged expansion this year.

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Yvette Berry, and Member for Yerrabi, Meegan Fitzharris, today announced a $2.45 million investment to immediately expand the school to accommodate current year 2 students in a new 2019 year 3 class and beyond. The government will also commit a further $250,000 to commence planning and consultation for growth of the school into a full preschool to year 6 school.

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Yvette Berry said “The ACT Government is providing excellent schooling options to meet Canberra’s growing population.

Successive budgets have significantly invested in schools for our growing city. Gungahlin is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia and today’s announcement builds on more than $270 million in government funding to school infrastructure in Gungahlin over the past decade.

When 2019 enrolment applications open on Monday 30 April, students who are currently enrolled in year 2 at Franklin Early Childhood School will be able to continue in the new year 3 cohort. This cohort will be able to continue on to year 6 as the school grows each year.

The 2019 intake will initially be limited to existing students, however planning is underway for a full staged expansion that will welcome new students.

Current year 2 children will be automatically enrolled to continue on at Franklin unless a parent or carer chooses to enroll them at another school online from 30 April at www.education.act.gov.au.

Over the coming year the government will be consulting the community about how the expansion can happen in a way that will best retain the great features of the early childhood school model.”

Member for Yerrabi, Meegan Fitzharris said of this announcement today, “Franklin Early Childhood School is a popular school in Canberra’s north with a great little community. Many parents told me leading up to the election about their desire for the school to be expanded to a full P-6 school.

I’m pleased that today I can join the Minister in delivering the government’s commitment and look forward to work commencing so that the school can progressively grow.

The government will be working closely with the school community and staff so that the staged expansion allows the school to maintain the things about it that families love like the way students are encouraged to take joy in their learning.

The government is working hard and investing heavily in making sure that every child in Gungahlin has access to a great education in their local school.”

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