Victoria Minister for Education Martin Dixon
Cindy McLeish Seymour MLA
Smiles All Round For Strathewen Primary School Students
Victor P Taffa
Education Minister Martin Dixon today officially opened the newly rebuilt Strathewen Primary School as part of a visit to fire-affected communities in Melbourne’s north. Mr. Dixon was joined at the school by the Member for Seymour Cindy McLeish.
“The opening of the new Strathewen Primary School represents an important milestone in helping the local community recover from the devastating impact of the 2009 bushfires.” Mr. Dixon said.
The school has been rebuilt thanks to $2.28 Million in Victorian Government funding and $900,000 contributed by the Commonwealth.
“The most important part of today’s opening is seeing the students back in their brand new classrooms and enjoying their education once again.” Mr. Dixon said.
“It’s great to see the children making the most of their fabulous new school with information technology equipped classrooms and multi-purpose facilities that will be used by the school and the wider community.”
“It is also fantastic that students of the school are already reconnecting with the traditions of the past. This year the school entered the School Gardens Awards for the first time since the fires.”
“The creation of this new school is a reminder of what can be achieved when local communities come together.” Mr. Dixon said.
Member for Seymour Cindy McLeish also took the opportunity to pay tribute to the hard work of parents, school council members, school staff and representatives from the Nillumbik Shire Council, who worked closely with the Strathewen Community Renewal Association and the Bushfire Restoration and Recovery Authority to plan their new school.
“The spirit of partnership has also resulted in the roads that border the school being sealed through a partnership between the Education Department and Nillumbik Shire Council.” Ms. McLeish said.
Strathewen Primary School was destroyed in the Victorian 2009 bushfires. The school temporarily relocated to Wattle Glen Primary School.
Mr. Dixon also visited Kinglake West Primary School as part of his tour of the fire-affected region.