In 2024, numerous students in Melbourne’s rapidly expanding west will benefit from the construction of brand new schools.
The first seven principals have been appointed for schools set to open from Term 1 in Wyndham. During a visit to the Truganina education precinct construction site, Minister for Education Natalie Hutchins emphasized the exceptional school construction program and introduced Joanne Camozzato as the principal of Truganina North Secondary School (temporary name).
Joanna Stanford will serve as the principal of Truganina North Primary School (temporary name). The new school, along with a co-located kindergarten, will commence operations in 2024, offering local parents the convenience of a single drop-off location.
During the visit, Minister Hutchins also announced the following appointments: Mark Zahra as principal of Black Forest East Primary School (temporary name)
Bradley Moyle as principal of Lollypop Creek Secondary School (temporary name)
Michele Marcu as principal of Lollypop Creek Specialist School (temporary name)
Simon Haber as principal of Riverdale Secondary School (temporary name)
and Paul Schwartz as principal of Tarneit North Primary School (temporary name).
These principals will now begin preparations for the upcoming school year, including recruiting teachers and staff and developing a curriculum to ensure that the local community has access to an excellent school in close proximity.
Over the past eight years, significant investments totaling $12.8 billion have been made in the construction of new schools, along with over 1,850 school upgrades. As part of the $14 billion Best Start Best Life reforms, every new primary school opened since 2021 has been accompanied by a nearby or on-site kindergarten, ensuring that families have improved access to necessary services.
The delivery of 100 new schools by 2026 is ahead of schedule, with 75 schools set to open between 2019 and 2024. This commitment ensures that every student, regardless of their location, can access a high-quality education through a local school.