NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes’ visit to town this week was only brief, but he was still impressed by what he saw at Muswellbrook Public School.
The politician met some of the executive staff on Monday, as well as the P&C president, school captains and their deputies.
He was then escorted on a short tour of the school, where he observed many students working in innovative learning spaces, heavily engaged in coding activities.
“A presentation on the Engine Room Learning and Support initiative was also delivered to demonstrate how we wisely use government funding to cater for all pupils, regardless of their level of academic ability,” Muswellbrook Public School principal Joan Stephens said.
“The minister, as well as the director, educational leadership – Upper Hunter, was most enthralled with the many innovative learning spaces available within the school.
“MPS is truly a ‘centre of excellence’.”
Later in the day, Mr Stokes – joined by Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen – announced the current NSW Government would remove all demountable buildings at schools and ensure every classroom had an air-conditioner if re-elected on March 23.
“It is part of an overall funding envelope for a series of schools we’re committing to as part of this election campaign,” he said.
“The precise budget will be a matter to determine, once the scope of works is finalised with the school community.”
Mr Stokes assured everyone the cash was in the bank – and it had been ticked off and costed by the parliamentary budget office.