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South Melbourne vertical school gets first principal

The inaugural principal has been appointed to lead Victoria’s first vertical government school.

Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Albert Park Martin Foley congratulated Noel Creece on being appointed principal of the $44 million award-winning Ferrars St South Melbourne Primary School.

Mr Creece will start work in February 2017, one year ahead of the school opening in 2018, to set up the unique school and families living in Melbourne’s booming inner-south have certainty about the new school’s future.

Mr Creece brings a wealth of knowledge and a strong history building thriving schools to the position, as well as a passion for helping students and their communities.

He has worked in a variety of contexts including country, city and international schools, as well as small and large schools.

He is currently principal at Lara Lake Primary School, where he has grown a school of 375 students to almost 700.

The five-storey South Melbourne Primary School is the first vertical government school in Victoria, and includes open space on each level and indoor and outdoor competition grade netball courts.

It is one of 42 new government schools in the construction pipeline following a record $1.8 billion investment by the Victorian Government in new schools and school upgrades around the state.

The school design was awarded the Future Project of the Year at the 2016 World Architecture Festival Awards held in Berlin.

As well as giving students in South Melbourne state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities it will also incorporate an early childhood centre and spaces and services for the local community.

Enrolments are due to open in July 2017 for all year levels, ahead of the school opening in January 2018.

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