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22 February 2023

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Victorian kids start the school year on track, with the Active Schools initiative getting kids across Melton up and active throughout the school day. 

Hundreds of Victorian government schools will receive Active Schools funding as part of the Labor Government’s $45.4 million initiative, aimed at giving kids the skills, confidence and motivation to be active for life.

Member for Melton Steve McGhie today announced that Kurunjang Secondary College, Kurunjang Primary School, Melton Specialist School, Coburn Primary School and Melton West Primary School are among 300 government primary, secondary, P-12, specialist and language schools to receive a Sports Funding Boost of $3,000 to improve access to sporting and fitness activities.

In addition, Active Schools Grants worth $30,000 have been awarded to 100 schools including Kurunjang Primary School to help purchase sporting equipment and infrastructure like netball and soocer goals.

Similarly Kurunjang Secondary College, Melton Secondary College, Staughton College and Melton Specialist School are set to receive Extracurricular Boosts of $14,000 to help improve extracurricular programs.

The Labor Government launched the Active Schools, Active Kids, Active Communities program in November 2020. The announcement included $24.6 million towards the Active Schools initiative to ensure students have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, and behaviours to lead healthy and active lives.

The 2022-2023 State Budget included a further $20.8 million over two years to continue the Active School initiative, bringing the total investment to $45.4 million since 2019.

The initiative also includes the Active Schools Toolkit, Innovative Trials and the ‘Get Your Move On campaign’, which encourages young people aged 5 to 17 years to get 15 minutes of physical activity, four times a day.

Quotes attributable to Member for Melton Steve McGhie

“Regular physical activity makes a huge difference to young people’s mental and physical health as well as their educational outcomes – that’s why we’re investing in Active Schools.”

“We know investment in important initiatives like this support the healthy bodies and healthy minds of students across the state, ensuring Victorian kids have every opportunity to reach their full potential.