By Alesha Capone
Two new schools have been officially opened in Wyndham.
Minister for Education James Merlino and Altona MP Jill Hennessy attended the opening of the $53 million Homestead Senior Secondary College in Point Cook last Thursday.
The college’s first students, who are in Year 10, also attended.
The Homestead Road school includes a three-level building; state-of-the-arts performing arts and physical education facility; and a sports field.
The school will take Year 11 enrolments next year and Year 12 enrolments in 2022.
“This new school has been designed from the ground up to best suit the needs of every future student in Point Cook,” Ms Hennessy said.
Also on Thursday, Mr Merlino and Tarniet MP Sarah Connolly opened the $20.1 million Davis Creek Primary School in Tarneit.
Pupils from Prep to Year 6 will start at the Wootten Road school this year.
Davis Creek Primary School includes two learning community buildings with specialist spaces, an administration building, a performing arts and physical education building, multi-use courts and an oval.
“This will be an incredible local school for families in Tarneit that will provide students with the first-rate education facilities they deserve,” Ms Connolly said.
A new integrated children’s and community centre is also being built on the school’s site, and is scheduled to open in 2021.
Homestead Senior Secondary College and David Creek Primary School are two of 11 new schools to open across the state this year.
2020 also marks the first year in the state’s history that more than 1 million students will attend school in Victoria, across 1543 government schools, 498 Catholic schools and 222 independent schools.
More than 81,000 Preps will start school this year.
The state government is planning to open 100 new schools by 2026.
“Whether it’s achieving excellence, building a world-class education system or creating opportunities for every Victorian, we’re making sure that every student can make the most of school and get the best start in life,” Mr Merlino said.