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Principals Of Victoria’s Newest Schools Celebrate Opening

24 January 2017

More than 2,700 students will start the 2017 school year in brand new schools thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in education.

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Yuroke Ros Spence today joined the principals of Victoria’s 10 new schools to officially open Newbury Primary School.

The Craigieburn school will be headed up by principal Michelle Bromfield, who has more than 17 years of teaching experience. It will initially have 297 students with the capacity to accommodate 475 in total.

Newbury Primary was designed in partnership with local educational leaders and the community. It features several modern environmental initiatives including high efficiency hydronic heating and extensive insulation.

The school has high quality sporting facilities, a video production lab, student kitchen, arts, STEM and digital technologies facilities as well as an adventure playground and outdoor camping learning area.

Other new schools to open in 2017 are: Harvest Home Primary School, Mernda Park Primary School, Mernda Central P-12 College, Tulliallan Primary School, Wilandra Rise Primary School, Barton Primary School, John Henry Primary School, Featherbrook P-9 College and Morwell Central Primary School.

The new schools will be located within Melbourne’s growth areas of Mernda, Point Cook, Cranbourne North, Cranbourne West, Clyde North and Epping North, as well as in Pakenham and Morwell.

The Labor Government has delivered unprecedented investment to build and upgrade schools across Victoria to meet surging enrolments as an extra 90,000 students enter the school system over the next five years.

There are now 42 new schools in the construction pipeline – including the 10 brand new government schools opening in 2017 – and more than 1,000 school upgrade projects under way across the state thanks to a $1.8 billion investment in infrastructure.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“We have invested more than $1.8 billion in school infrastructure to ensure that all Victorian students have access to a first-rate education.”

“Ten new schools will be opening their doors this year and it was inspiring listening to the principals’ visions for their new schools.”

Quote attributable to Member for Yuroke Ros Spence

“Craigieburn is booming and enrolments are surging. By building this new school we are providing local families with the facilities they deserve and creating bright futures for our students.”

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