Catholic Primary Schools Get 'A Plus' On Ber

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Friday 6 August 2010

Catholic primary schools get ‘A+’ on BER

The Director of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Stephen Elder,

congratulated Catholic primary school communities on the results they have achieved

through the Building the Education Revolution (BER).

“The great teaching and learning facilities that have been added to Catholic primary schools

throughout Victoria are a demonstration of the professionalism and commitment of Catholic

primary school principals and the support of parents and parish priests,” Mr Elder said.

“Parents at Catholic schools can see for themselves the results of this program. This has been

a great collaboration between the Catholic Education Office and schools.”

Mr Elder’s comments follow today’s release of the Interim Report of the Building the

Education Revolution Implementation Taskforce which confirmed the value for money and

quality facilities delivered in Catholic schools.

The Interim Report confirmed that Victorian Catholic schools are consistently amongst the

lowest cost for classrooms, multi-purpose halls and libraries. All BER projects in Victorian

Catholic schools have started and timelines for the program are being met.

“This report shows how Catholic schools will continue to make the best use of the

government funding they receive by drawing on the quality of their leaders, teachers and

staff,” said Mr Elder.

“Unfortunately, Catholic education faces a 37% government funding gap compared to

government schools which is bridged, in part, by fees from parents.”

The report found that

“On the question of differences in quality, the architects did not observe any

significant systemic differences between government and Catholic schools in either

NSW or Victoria in the quality of building fabric, services and furniture, fixtures and


Further information from David Ahern, Catholic Education Office Media, on 

9267 0228 or 0418 351 383.

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