It’s time to head back into the classroom for more than one million students across Victoria, including in Melton and Moorabool.
Students from 1566 government, 499 Catholic and 230 independent schools will start school this week, including more than 77,000 students starting secondary school with a similar number also diving into prep.
On Monday, January 30, Education Minister Natalie Hutchins officially opened the new Ngarri Primary School in Manor Lakes, one of 12 new schools opening for term one in Melbourne’s growing west, north and south-east.
The schools are part of the government’s pledge to build 100 new schools across the state by 2026.
“I’d like to wish every student returning to school this week the best of luck in the coming year – it’s an exciting time filled with new friends, learning and experiences that shape you forever,” Ms Hutchins said.
“More students than ever have the facilities and first-class education they deserve… ensuring Victoria remains the education state.”
Other new schools include Barrawang Primary School in Wollert West, Donnybrook Primary School, Karwan Primary School in Tarneit, Lollypop Creek Primary in Werribee, Mickleham Secondary College, Nearnung Primary School in Tarneit, Thornhill Park Primary School, Wayi School in Craigieburn and Wollert Secondary. College.
“All new primary schools will have a kindergarten on-site or next door, allowing children to make a smooth transition from pre-school and helping parents ditch the dreaded double drop-off. Seven of the primary schools will have kindergartens operating on-site or next door from 2023, with the remaining three kindergartens opening next year,” the state government said.
At government schools, prep students will receive a free prep bag with books including The Two-Hearted Numbat by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina, a Meet the Mathscots ruler, a world map jigsaw, SunSmart stickers and a Get Your Move On frisbee.