Ann Sudmalis MP (second from right) heard from teacher Holly Pastor, Federation Representative Bill Bruffey, assistant principal Foti Loupo and P&C representative Peter Dooley about the importance of the need for Gonski funding to be guaranteed into the fifth and six years.

MP shown benefits
of Gonski funding

Dennis Long

Federal MP for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis was presented with the benefits of increased funding for schools under the Gonski model during a visit to Vincentia High School on July 29.

According to the school’s newsletter, Ms Sudmalis was invited to “allow staff and parents the chance to show her some of the great things happening at the school as a result of the Gonski Funding model”.

Ms Sudmalis was invited by Federation Representative Bill Bruffey.

The newsletter advised that teachers and parents met with Ms Sudmalis and “took her on a tour of the school, outlining the many programs that have been developed through the additional funding. These programs include the Homework Centre, Senior HSC tutoring, Year 6 into 7 transition, Community Partnerships, Breakfast Club, the Flexible Learning Centre and many others.”

The tour ended at the Bushscape Café.

“The café setting allowed for teachers and parents to discuss with Ms Sudmalis the importance of the Gonski funding model, which the current government has agreed to fund for four years. The group stressed the importance of the need for the funding to be guaranteed into the fifth and six years, where the lion’s share of the funding is placed.

“Ms Sudmalis was impressed by the fantastic programs being run at the school but would not commit the government to fund Gonski beyond the fourth year.”

The Liberal Party suffered a swing of 2.67 per cent in Gilmore at the federal election last year following campaigning by Shoalhaven and South Illawarra teachers associations.

Ms Sudmalis would lose the seat with a further swing of 2.65 per cent.