Students across the Shepparton region will soon have the exceptional facilities they deserve, with construction under way on the city’s new secondary school.
Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino today turned the first sod on the new Greater Shepparton Secondary College.
The school, to be built on the site of the former Shepparton High School, will offer students broader subject choices, new learning and pathway opportunities, and better educational support in world-class facilities.
Builder Hansen Yuncken has a significant local presence, having had a base in Shepparton since 1925, with the project to provide construction jobs to local contractors.
The designs, by architects Gray Puksand, support the school’s focus on having the facilities of a big school, while maintaining the feel of a smaller school environment. The architects worked closely with students, teachers and the wider community to gain their input for the design of the new school.
Greater Shepparton Secondary College students are currently studying at the Wanganui, Mooroopna and McGuire campuses until the new school is complete.
Mr Merlino also announced that tenders have opened for the construction of the Integrated Early Learning Centre at Mooroopna Primary School.
The Labor Government has provided $21.5 million to make the long-term Shepparton Education Plan – including the new Greater Shepparton Secondary College – a reality.
This funding ensures that progress will continue on the Labor Government’s long-term education plan for the Greater Shepparton area, including a new Integrated Early Learning Centre at Mooroopna Primary School.
The Labor Government has invested $6.1 billion to deliver new primary and secondary schools, upgrade more than 1,400 existing ones, and create more than 7,500 construction jobs across the state.
Quotes attributable to Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino
“We said we would build the new facilities the kids of Shepparton deserve and that is exactly what we are doing.”
“For too long, student outcomes in Shepparton for literacy and numeracy have been below state averages, despite the dedicated efforts of schools and community groups to address disadvantage. We simply have to do better for our kids.”
“Today is the next step in ensuring that every single student in Shepparton has the best chance to succeed with the support they need.”
Reviewed 30 July 2020