Minister Welcomes Staff And Students To New Cranbourne Schools

Minister Welcomes Staff And Students To New Cranbourne Schools

Victoria Minister for Education James Merlino

New Schools Open In Melbourne’s South-East

Victor P Taffa

More than 850 students in Melbourne’s south-east have started the 2017 school year in three new schools.

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera today welcomed staff and students at Barton Primary in Cranbourne West, Tulliallan Primary in Cranbourne North and Willandra Rise in Clyde North.

“Our south east suburbs are booming, and we’re investing in infrastructure support growing enrolments creating bright futures for our kids and ensuring they get the education they need in the facilities they deserve.” Minister for Education James Merlino said.

New schools in Melbourne’s south-east are among 10 new schools opening across the state on the first day of Term one as part of the State Government’s record investment in education to meet surging growth.

“Barton Primary, Tulliallan Primary and Willandra Rise will not only offer outstanding learning environments, these schools will act as hubs for local community groups.” Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera said.

“Opening a brand new school is every principal’s dream. I am honoured to be given this opportunity and excited about all the opportunities it presents.” Barton Primary Principal Andrew Felsinger said.

Each of the three schools has state-of-the-art sporting facilities such as competition-grade gyms, multi-purpose spaces to be used by the YMCA after school hours to provide before and after school care, and a range of community services and programs.

Willandra Rise and Tulliallan will feature YMCA-operated Early Learning Centres to facilitate transitions between early childhood learning and primary school.

“We will grow great kids to be great people. The school’s name has historical connections to the pastoral land where it is built, to the shearer’s cottage and the avenue of elms.” Tulliallan Primary Principal Kathy Sharp said.

As an extra 90,000 students enter the system in the next 5 years, we’re delivering an unprecedented $1.8 Billion investment to build and upgrade schools across Victoria. There are now 42 new schools in the construction pipeline including 10 new government schools opening in 2017 and more than 1,000 upgrades underway.

“At Wilandra Rise Primary School the child is at the centre of all that we do, our aim is to provide personalised learning for all students.” Wilandra Rise Principal Tina Clydesdale said.