Narre Warren South schools

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — School is back, and 2016 is set to be a big year for our fantastic schools in Narre Warren South. On the very first day of school for the year I met with some of the new preps at Hampton Park Primary School and principal Leonie King to see the plans for the $5 million rebuild of the school. A fantastic new learning space is on the way.

Kilberry Valley Primary School has received a $200 000 grant from the Inclusive Schools Fund to create re-engagement spaces for their students with special needs. Two of their extraordinary teachers will begin two years of training to become subject area specialists in maths and science this year. Both innovative programs will make a big difference to students.

The team at Berwick Fields Primary School is hard at work creating their new Eco-Cubby with a $100 000 grant from the Andrews Labor government. Leading the way was principal Stephen Wigney who took part in the Eco-Cubby design forum earlier this month at Federation Square, presenting his unique vision for this exciting learning space.

The Minister for Education stopped by and launched the $2 million music in schools program at River Gum Primary School last week. The students impressed with their singing and instrumental performances, and they were all very impressed with the minister’s drumming skills.

Just across the road the outstanding team at Hampton Park Secondary College will be receiving up to $9000 to take part in the Advance program, giving students the opportunity to get involved in community projects and training courses to gain valuable experiences and new skills.

What a great start to the new year for our amazing local schools. Together we are going to build the education state.