MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education)
Incorporated pursuant to order of Council of 7 September 2021:
I’m very pleased to report that last week I visited a fantastic example of a modern, inclusive educational precinct—Maryborough Education Centre—that is testimony to the priority that Labor governments have always given to education in this state.
Recognising that the Central Goldfields shire region faced significant challenges in delivering opportunity and equity to its young people, successive Labor governments have ensured, since 2001, that MEC has been provided with great facilities and programs that encourage students to engage in education, support them in their endeavours and help them to overcome hurdles.
There are state-of-the-art facilities, but very importantly these are supported by great personnel too.
Congratulations to the teachers and support staff of Maryborough Education Centre and to principal David Sutton for leadership of a school with 1000-plus students spanning P–12 and special education.
This school encompasses many of the initiatives that are a hallmark of the Andrews Labor government, including breakfast club, doctors in schools, mental health support and respectful relationships, and importantly a particular focus on individual learning programs that are keys to student success in this setting.
I was particularly impressed by MEC’s excellent trades skills centre that caters for all students in the school, as well as those undertaking specific VET and VCAL studies.
It’s really clear that this school is committed to valuing every student, aiming to tailor its educational delivery to the needs of each, and to keep its young people at school so that they can reach their potential.
I am absolutely proud to be part of a government that delivers what it promises in education.