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A new school for families in Melbourne’s south east

Families in Melbourne’s south east will soon enjoy a brand new primary school, thanks to the Victorian Government.

Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino visited the Sandy Road school site to see how construction is progressing.

Gum Scrub Creek’s new $13 million primary school is ahead of schedule and fast nearing completion, ready for student intake in the first term of 2018.

The school will include flexible classrooms, specialist physical education, arts and music facilities and a full size netball and basketball court. It will also feature integrated sporting facilities including a multi-purpose hall that can be used by the local community.

The school is also benefiting from $530,000 from the Shared Facilities Fund for a multi-service centre for Outside School Hours Care, due to open in 2018.

Victorian Minister Merlino then toured the new $3.5 million Early Learning Centre which is adjoined to the school, a collaboration with Cardinia Shire Council. The Victorian Government allocated $1.2 million from the Children Facilities Capital Grant program for the centre, with Cardinia Shire contributing $2.3 million.

Victorian Minister Merlino also announced that Kerry Coffey will serve as the school’s inaugural principal. Throughout her 28-year career Kerry has held many leadership positions including Leading Teacher for Literacy and Numeracy and Assistant Principal at Fleetwood Primary School.

Gum Scrub Creek Primary School and other similar projects around Victoria form part of the Government’s $2.5 billion commitment to new and upgraded school infrastructure, to build the Education State.

The Government is building 56 new schools and has more than 1,000 school upgrades in the construction pipeline, creating more than 5,000 construction jobs.

Source: Vic Government

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