Flood Recovery Aid for Independent School Communities Welcomed
Independent schools that rallied around students, families and staff devastated by the 2019 North Queensland floods have welcomed recovery aid announced by the Australian Government today.
Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan confirmed 15 Queensland independent schools were among 25 non-governments schools sharing in $4 million in special circumstances funding. See Minister's media release and list of independent schools below.
Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) Acting Executive Director Shari Armistead welcomed the funding aid for independent school communities impacted by the catastrophic event.
“In times of disaster and hardship schools get behind their communities and support them in the most practical and heartfelt ways they can,” Ms Armistead said.
“For independent schools in the North Queensland flood zone and boarding schools in other centres educating students from the region, this included immediate practical support and financial relief for families,” she said.
“Help has taken the form of tuition and boarding fee remissions for devasted families, ongoing counselling for students, staff and parents, re-housing displaced boarding students, transporting students to school, providing food, uniforms and textbooks and bringing in relief teachers to enable impacted staff to clean up their own properties,” she said.
Ms Armistead said maintaining a stable school experience was a critical emotional anchor for students and a comfort for parents facing so many other worries.
“Schools are continuing to maintain a vigilant eye on the health and wellbeing of their affected students and families as they continue the long and arduous rebuilding process,” she said.
Mr Tehan made the funding aid announcement at Townsville’s Tec-NQ – an independent senior school and registered training organisation that also offers boarding services for Years 10-12 students.
The floods closed the school and destroyed its boarding facility in Rosslea forcing the evacuation and re-location of students and staff.
ISQ made representations to the Minister and Members of Parliament for financial aid for impacted independent school communities and established a working group to advise and support eligible schools seeking special circumstances funding.
Ms Armistead thanked the Minister for listening and responding so swiftly to the needs of independent school communities.
“The Minister travelled to Townsville in early March to hear directly from non-government schools impacted by the event. This disaster has stretched communities financially, emotionally and physically and will continue to for a long time to come.”
Below is the list of independent schools that have been successful in their application for 2019 Queensland Floods Special Circumstances Funding:
- Nambour Christian College
- Gulf Christian College
- St Hilda’s School
- Toowoomba Anglican School
- The Southport School
- Riverside Adventist Christian School
- Ipswich Grammar School
- Townsville Christian College
- St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School
- Mungalla Silver Lining School
- Blackheath and Thornburgh College
- Calvary Christian College - Townsville
- Annandale Christian College
- All Souls St Gabriel’s School
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