The Southern Cross : April 2011
Page 4 April 2011 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | news The controversial MySchool website shows Catholic schools in South Australia are running on a tighter budget than other sectors, spending on average $10,331 per student. A Catholic Education SA analysis of financial figures released last month on the revamped MySchool site shows, on average, a Catholic student in our state receives almost $1400 less than a State Government school and Independent school student. Public schools spent $11,723 per student and independent schools spent $11, 715 per student. The figures, said CEO director Paul Sharkey, break the long-held myth that Catholic schools operate on a higher resource level than government schools. "In South Australia, we are the least funded of all the three sectors," said Mr Sharkey. "So one of the myths that needs to be dispelled is that Catholic schools are over-funded relative to government schools. " Mr Sharkey said a clearer picture of the reality emerged once all funding sources were revealed. Last month the Federal Government's MySchool website provided the first national comparison of the revenue each school receives from state and federal governments, fees, charges, parent's contributions and other private sources. The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) welcomed the changes and the addition of actual dollar and cents figures. "The financial data...will help clarify the facts about the amount of government funding received by Catholic schools," said NCEC chairwoman Therese Temby. The MySchool website makes it clear that Catholic schools in South Australia receive no capital funding from the State Government. While the amount of capital federal funding received by Catholic schools is more than public schools, in most cases, some of those figures have been inflated by BER (Building the Education Revolution) funding and will continue to do so over the next three years. Tenison Woods College principal David Mezinec said the updated website gave educators, parents and policy makers a better understanding of where school funding comes from and where there might be inequity. "Particularly with the Review of Funding for Schooling currently underway, it is important that parents and school communities are aware of the facts in relation to school funding and the reason why it varies," he said. Fulham Funerals www.fulhamfunerals.com.au Just that little more attention to detail • Professional Services to suit your individual needs • Pre Paid Funeral Services available Errol Duke, Damien Grant, Jamie Grant Underdale • Paradise • Elizabeth East • Brighton Ph 8234 0506 Paper launch The new look Southern Cross for parishes and digital version for schools were officially launched by Archbishop Philip Wilson at kwp! Advertising last month. Archbishop Wilson referred to new developments in media as highlighted during the recent floods in Queensland where Premier Anna Bligh's daily statements received instant feedback via text and Twitter. Founding partner of kwp! Advertising Andrew Killey spoke of the "manifesto" behind the Living Catholic identity his agency has developed for the Church. "I am your neighbour, your work mate, your school mate, your friend. I am Catholic," he said. Southern Cross editor Jenny Brinkworth said the Archdiocese's partnership with Solstice Media and its managing director Paul Hamra had helped make the Southern Cross more professional and able to participate in "the brave new world" of new media. She said initial feedback on the new look publication had been very positive. There had been several inquiries about recycling but the printer had confirmed the new paper stock was recyclable and this information would now be provided in the publication details on page 2. CLOSING THE GAP:Tenison Woods College principal David Mezinec says the MySchool website gives a better understanding of where school funding comes from and where there might be inequity. Making sense of MySchool DVD giveaway -- Thank you to all those who submitted entries to the Father Brown DVD competition. The winners are: Ms Jo Galley, Enfield Plaza; Mrs J Hughes, Elizabeth Park; Ann Hemmerling, Willaston; Warren Featherstone, Glen Osmond; Ross Thomas, Murray Bridge.