New Vertical High School In Prahran On Track

05 June 2018

Families in Melbourne’s inner south will soon have access to one of Victoria’s first government vertical schools, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Education James Merlino today toured the new Prahran High School construction site to see first-hand the building progress on the new school.

Prahran High School will open for its first cohort of Year 7 students on the first day of term 1 2019 and is being built to accommodate 650 local students from Year 7-12.

The school will become part of the existing educational precinct, which includes Melbourne Polytechnic and the National Institute of Circus Arts.

Prahran High School will be constructed over five levels – all featuring direct access to outdoor learning terraces. A large central atrium will run north to south through the building, creating a focal meeting point.

The ground floor will contain a library, music and drama facilities, while levels 1, 2 and 3 will house the science, visual arts and food technology spaces along with a gymnasium. There will also be a rooftop garden on level 4, and general classrooms, ICT and break out areas will be incorporated throughout the new building.

Architects Gray Puksand have designed the new school and Kane Constructions is building it.

The school’s inaugural Principal Nathan Chisholm started his role in Term 2 this year and is working towards building the school’s vision and values and establishing relationships with the local community.

The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and education, and has invested more than $3.8 billion to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state.

This school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“We’re building new schools here in Prahran and right across the state because no matter where you live, you deserve access to a great local school.”

“This is about giving kids in the inner south the world-class school and learning environment they need to thrive.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“The Liberals closed more than 300 schools and we’re getting on with reopening them. Prahran High School is one of 70 new schools we’re rolling out across the state.”

Quote attributable to Member for Southern Metropolitan Region Philip Dalidakis

“We're investing in the Prahran community and giving it the school it deserves, as opposed to the Liberal Party who prefer to shut schools down."

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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