AUBURN SOUTH PRIMARY SCHOOL
Mr KENNEDY: Twice in 2019, in February and August, I visited the lively Auburn South Primary School, founded in 1925—with the original two-storey block building still standing—and educating over 600 children 95 years later. The gateway to the school presents a place rich in history, but the school under the leadership of principal Marcus Wicher is not living in the past. In 2004 the school adopted the International Baccalaureate primary years program, which motivates the students to think, create and explore. The school has a rich Mandarin language program, expanded to include two sister schools, located in Nanjing and Beijing.
As part of the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, the Andrews Labor government will continue to further the Education State by investing $180 million in a Planning and Acceleration Fund to plan and develop further education projects. I am proud that a great school like Auburn South Primary was included in this program, and I was pleased to announce that they would receive $336 000 to plan for a future upgrade of their original school building—great news indeed.