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Two new primary schools will be developed in Wollert, providing closer options for families in the growing area.

The new Wollert Central Primary School (interim name), funded in the 2023-24 State Budget, will be led by Principal Bec Spink – a founding staff member at Aitken Creek Primary School until 2019, where she won Victorian Primary Teacher of the Year.

The school is expected to open in 2025 and accept enrolments of up to 525 students. Both staff and students will benefit from its facilities, which include an administration building, learning neighbourhood, community hub, hardcourts, carpark, sports field, and a kindergarten.

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The school’s new name was recently consulted with the public, and the Minister for Education will announce the new name in the coming weeks.

Located within the primary school, the Wollert Central Primary School Kindergarten (interim name) will boast a three-room kindergarten to support the primary school.

In the 2023-24 State Budget, the project shared in $1.3 billion allocated to build around 100 new kindergartens to support the State Government’s Best Start, Best Life program.

A cultural artefact has been found on the construction site, with the site’s works paused while the Victorian School Building Authority consults with Traditional Owners to determine the impact this will have on construction.

The kindergarten will be operated by the City of Whittlesea and will open the following year in 2026, offering spaces for 99 children at a time, though may be able to enrol more local kids by spreading classes throughout the week.

Wollert Secondary College also received $36.166 million for upgrades in the 2024-25 State Budget, expanding the school with an arts and technology building, a learning neighbourhood, and landscaping works.

Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio said Wollert was one of the fastest growing suburbs in Victoria.

“I’m so excited for our Wollert community. It’s a great place to live, make it a home, raise a family, and build a community,” she said.

“This new primary school and kindergarten will be closer to home for students that are currently having to travel extra to get to a school and receive an education.

“The school and kinder will be a brand-new state-of-the art building that will be able to give local students the best education.”

Nearby, Wollert Andrews Road Primary School (interim name) will help meet increasing enrolment demand from a growing local population.

Expected to finish in 2026, the school will accept enrolments of up to 525 students.

The 2022-23 State Budget provided $236.7 million to secure land for 15 future schools, including Wollert Andrews Road Primary School.

In the 2024-25 State Budget, the school shared in $947.7 million allocated for the new schools construction.

An early learning and childcare centre will also be built, providing long day care and three-and four-year-old kindergarten programs.

From 2034, Four-Year-Old Kindergarten will begin to transition to Pre-Prep in the City of Whittlesea.

One of the 50 early learning centres that will share in approximately $14 billion as part of the State Government’s Best Start, Best Life reform, it is expected to finish in 2026.

A list of new schools is available with more information at schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/new-schools.

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