More opportunities for students in the Monaro

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More opportunities for students in the Monaro

John Barilaro and Assistant Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell MLC with school kids.

Tuesday, 31st October 2017

Member for Monaro John Barilaro has today announced 14 schools in the Monaro will be piloting the NSW Government’s Connecting Country Schools Program. The program will create wireless connectivity upgrades in the schools to broaden opportunities for students in regional areas. State-wide, there are 45 schools participating in the program.

The pilot program is part of the Liberals & Nationals Government’s $46 million commitment to improve online resources in more than 900 schools across the State.

“It is clear that the NSW Government is supporting students in the Monaro area.  It doesn’t matter whether you are from Bombala or Wahroonga, every child deserves equal access to online resources,” John Barilaro said.

“Our schools offer quality teaching and learning experiences and these services will only be enriched by online tools and digital resources,”

“We are fortunate to see that 14 of the 45 pilot program schools are in the Monaro, which demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to our region.”

The pilot program will run at numerous regional and remote locations across NSW, with further rollouts commencing in Term 1, 2018.

The following schools in the Monaro will participate in the NSW Government’s Connecting Country Schools Pilot Program:

  • Adaminaby Public School
  • Berridale Public School
  • Bombala Public School
  • Braidwood Central School
  • Bredbo Public School
  • Cooma Public School
  • Dalgety Public School
  • Delegate Public School
  • Jerangle Public School
  • Jindabyne Central School
  • Nimmitabel Public School
  • Cooma North Public school
  • Monaro High School
  • Bombala High School

The NSW Government will consult with these 14 schools on their pilot journey, with regular updates, training, support and resources being made available to them throughout the transition.

The Connecting Country Schools program will continue to roll out in other schools across the Monaro following the completion of the pilot program.

Assistant Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the program will not only benefit students and teachers, but the local Monaro community as well.

“Connecting Country Schools will also deliver a range of enhancements beyond the school gate,” Ms Mitchell said.

“The NSW Government will partner with local suppliers to deliver and support the program, creating more jobs and investing in local communities.”

Schools will be encouraged to use this core infrastructure to build a smart and connected school, as a centre for both learning excellence and community engagement.

For more information on the Connecting Country Schools program, contact