Architect Richard Bryant, Allmore Constructions’ Jordan Caruana, assistant principal Shane West, school council president Darren Barr, principal Andy Kozak and MP Mary-Anne Thomas with student leaders from New Gisborne Primary School.

STUDENTS in New Gisborne will soon have access to first-rate classrooms and facilities with work under way upgrading New Gisborne Primary School.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas turned the first sod on New Gisborne Primary’s $3.1 million upgrade, which she said would help it deliver a 21st century education.

The upgrade will include: two new music pods for instrumental music, choir and additional meeting space; the redevelopment of landscaping on Station Road and Ferrier Road; new seating and waiting areas; the conversion of lights around the school to LED; and the modernisation of storm water drainage around the school.

The first phase of works – the installation of a new astro-turf oval, complete with drainage and line-markings – was completed over the summer break.

The project is expected to be finished by early 2022.

Ms Thomas said the government was committed to schools in the region, with Willowbank Primary opening in 2022 and upgrades also taking place at Gisborne Primary School, Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Specialist School in Bullengarook, and St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School.

“The exciting works at New Gisborne Primary School are going to modernise this much-loved school and give every student the opportunity to succeed,” she said.

“These local upgrades are part of the school building boom that is happening right here in Gisborne and across Victoria.”