MP pushes for more financial support

MEMBER for Light Tony Piccolo is fighting for Munno Para Primary School to receive additional State Government funding.

Mr Piccolo said the school faces challenges with its high percentage of students living with disabilities, facilitating a need for greater financial support.

The school currently has 350 students, of which 73 are verified as living with a disability.

“Munno Para Primary School…is situated in an area that, unfortunately, has not received a great deal of investment from either the private sector or government, and is only funded at this point in time as a level-two school,” Mr Piccolo said.

“I have taken that matter up with the Minister for Education because, given the level of disadvantage at that school, I think it should be funded at a higher level.

“I understand that the minister, through the department, has asked for that funding to be reviewed.”

A Department of Education and Child Development spokesperson said the school has since been reviewed, its rating altered and has received some funding since 2014.

“Munno Para Primary School’s IED (Index of Educational Disadvantage) was reassessed in December last year and has been changed to category one, which is the highest level of disadvantage,” the spokesperson said.

“Munno Para Primary has received $559,000 in Better Schools funding under the State Government’s Gonski agreement since 2014.

“This includes a large component to support low SES students, which is allocated using the department’s Measure of Socio-Economic Need (MOSEN) index.”

Munno Para Primary School principal Belinda Kopania said the school and its community are very grateful for Mr Piccolo’s support.

“He (Mr Piccolo) came out a few months ago and he had the minister, Susan Close, come out, too,” she said.

“It was nice to be acknowledged and have someone come out and see the school; they were quite amazed.

“It’s acknowledgement for our families that not only people do know where we are, but people are listening.

“This recognition is great for our teachers, students and their families.”

In addition to funding, Mr Piccolo is also working toward establishing a community group, which would involve Munno Para’s primary school, church and kindergarten.


Growing up in Roseworthy and attending Kapunda High School, Laura joins The Bunyip in June, 2016 whilst completing the final year of a double degree in Journalism and International Relations at University of SA. This is Laura's first role as a Journalist following a stint at Gawler Council in the Communications Department. She will cover the news in the Playford and Mallala council regions. Outside of work, Laura enjoys anything health and well-being related, and can be regularly seen shopping for fresh, healthy produce at local markets.

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