‘Best years’ under way at St Mary of the Cross

There were smiles all round at St Mary of the Cross Primary School last week as pupils finally got the chance to inspect their new surroundings.

The first school built in Point Cook’s Saltwater Coast estate opened its doors to 170 pupils, ranging from prep to grade 6, last Friday.

Principal Leon Colla said the school had been designed to reflect the estate’s proximity to Port Phillip Bay, and teachers were excited to show pupils their new classrooms. “We had hoped to do the handover last year, but we had to wait so today is the first opportunity students have had to see their new school.”

The school is expected to ease the burden on Point Cook’s other Catholic primary schools, which are struggling to meet demand.

Mr Colla said St Mary of the Cross would grow over the next five years to accommodate about 800 pupils.

He anticipated that at least two more stages of the school would be built in that time.