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Queensland Catholic schools have welcomed the announcement of funding to help them support families affected by this year’s devastating floods in Townsville and parts of north–west Queensland.
Queensland Catholic Education Commission Executive Director Dr Lee-Anne Perry thanked federal Education Minister Dan Tehan who to
day announced 10 Catholic schools are among a number receiving a share of more than $4 million in funding.
The Catholic schools receiving funding are Ignatius Park College, St Joseph’s Nudgee College (Brisbane), Stuartholme School (Brisbane), Southern Cross Catholic College, Columba Catholic College (Charters Towers), St Margaret Mary’s College, Ryan Catholic College, St Joseph’s Catholic School (Cloncurry), Holy Spirit Catholic School, and Marian Catholic School.
“The funding recognizes the devastating impact of the floods on both school communities in the region and students who attend schools outside the area but whose families live in the region,” Dr Perry said.
“It’s critical that our schools are able to give the highest level of support to students and their families who have been hard hit by this natural disaster.
“This Special Circumstances funding will help each of our schools to continue to deal with their unique circumstances with care and compassion.
“I particularly want to thank Minister Tehan and his department for the flexibility they have provided for schools during the application and assessment process.
“Their understanding of the hardships that schools were facing at the time of the immediate crisis made the process easier for schools to navigate.”
Dr Perry said Catholic schools would continue to focus on the wellbeing of students and families recovering from this year’s floods.
“Many of these families have a long road ahead and we join with the Government in offering whatever support we can to get them back on their feet as soon as possible,” she said.