New Schools Open In Melbourne’s South-East

31 January 2017

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.

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

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.

As an extra 90,000 students enter the system in the next five 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.

For two years the Labor Government has put people first, building the Education State so every community can access a great school and every student is supported to be their best.

Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“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.”

Quote attributable to the Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera

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

Quote attributable to Barton Primary Principal Andrew Felsinger

“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.”

Quote attributable to Tulliallan Primary Principal Kathy Sharp

“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 shearers cottage and the avenue of elms.”

Quote attributable to Wilandra Rise Principal Tina Clydesdale

“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.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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