The new Richmond High School at Gleadall Street welcomed its first group of 76 Grade Seven students at the start of the school year.
Up to 650 students expected from Grades 7-12 will benefit from the school's innovative four-storey building.
Unique spaces include a separate multi-purpose facility, two sizeable courtyards, an outdoor horticulture deck, and a spacious amphitheatre.
There's also four competition-standard netball courts, state–of-the-art teaching spaces and open common areas.
Richmond High School Principal Colin Simpson is thrilled that the facilities will give local students the chance to succeed.
'It's very interesting to me what a contemporary school building can mean,' says Mr Simpson.
'This school has the opportunity to be a clean palette for the opportunities we can create'.
Activities like chess, sports in the park, and even jenga, Richmond High School are making sure their students are keeping minds and bodies active and engaged — both in learning and in life.
The new Richmond High School is another example of how Victoria's schools are offering students the best facilities in which to learn and prosper.
The Gleadell Street Campus is located in the heart of Richmond. It has great transport options and is just a short walk to Citizen's Park and the buzzing Bridge Road and Church Street precincts.
Richmond's local culture was an important consideration in the planning stages.
The school accommodates an impressive Chinese program that will teach students humanities subjects in Mandarin. This creates links with the nearby Richmond West Primary and Abbotsford Primary Schools, which run bilingual Chinese Programs.
Only 66% of the community speak English at home, so the integration of the school with the community and neighbouring schools was essential.
'What we want is a whole series of schools that are local, that children can easily get to, and that can deliver really high quality education and great outcomes,' says principal Colin Simpson.
'My goal is to be school of choice for anyone in Richmond. '
Quality education for everyone
Building world class schools means every child has access to the education they will need for the 21st century, regardless of background or postcode.
The $43 million vertical state school, built across two campuses, is part of the government's commitment to equity funding which means quality education for every Victorian student.
'I'm really interested in equity education and I believe we are creating what I like to call local high-esteem schools,' says Mr Simpson.
The Education State is using $2.5 billion to establish new schools, facilities and services that are already providing better support, better health and better learning for thousands of young people across Victoria.