Nine in 2019: New schools are now open

From Pakenham to Point Cook, Ashley Park to Aitken Hill, nine new schools opened for the 2019 school year.

South Melbourne Park Primary School
A South Melbourne Park Primary School student on her first day

South Melbourne Park Primary School opened in the picturesque Albert Park Reserve.

Along with a new two-storey learning block and gym, the school incorporates the Albert Park Signal Depot and Drill Hall heritage buildings, which house the administration, classrooms, library, specialist learning spaces, and canteen.

Students will also be close to sporting facilities such as the Victorian Institute of Sport, Athletics Victoria and the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. 

Prahran High School
A student shows off the new Prahran High School

Near bustling Chapel Street, new vertical school Prahran High School also opened its doors in January.

The four-storey building includes a gym, library and a rooftop play area. This innovative school is located in an education precinct that also includes Melbourne Polytechnic. 

A Prahran High student says she feels inspired by her school's modern design. 'It's amazing how we're one of the very few schools who have the opportunity to learn in a vertical school,' she says.

Pakenham PS
A happy new Pakenham Primary School student

The principal of the newly-opened Pakenham Primary School, Gail Butterworth, is pleased to finally see students interacting with their tremendous school. 'All of the staff have been working tirelessly over the past few weeks to set up,' Gail says.

'It's lovely to see all the kids at school, excited and in their school uniforms.'

Saltwater P-9
A cool new student at Saltwater P-9

Saltwater P-9 College opened for children of Point Cook.

'I think the buildings are really good because they're really modern, they've got new facilities and technology,' an excited Grade 6 student says.

In addition to the nine new schools opened in 2019, Richmond High School welcomed Year 7 and 8 students to its new Griffiths Street campus.

Featuring a four-storey academic building with atrium, learning terraces and modern classrooms, the campus has been a hit with students.

Richmond High School
Staff and students at the new Richmond High School's Griffiths Street campus

'It's been really fantastic seeing how excited the children are,' says Richmond High principal Colin Simpson.

'Whenever I speak to them about it, they speak about how beautiful it is, how much they're looking forward to learning in those spaces.'
Aitken Hill Primary School
Aitken Hill Primary School
Ashley Park PS
Ashley Park Primary School
Doherty's Creek P-9 College
Doherty's Creek P-9 College
Burnside Primary School
Burnside Primary School

New schools give education to all

We are investing record funding in our schools to make Victoria the Education State, where every child has access to a great education.

In addition to the $3.8 billion invested in the past four years to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools, we're also investing a further $850 million to open 100 new Victorian schools over the next eight years.

45 new government schools, including 20 set to open this year and in 2020, will open by 2022, and 100 new schools by 2026 – ensuring every child has a great local school and great start in life.

This investment will ensure Victorian schools can cater to the state's rapidly growing population and all students have access to modern education facilities. 

Full list of new schools open for 2019:

  • South Melbourne Park Primary School (Albert Park)
  • Saltwater P-9 College (Point Cook)
  • Pakenham Primary School (Pakenham)
  • Burnside Primary School (Burnside)
  • Prahran High School (Prahran)
  • Preston High School (Preston)
  • Doherty's Creek P-9 College (Truganina)
  • Ashley Park Primary School (Doreen)
  • Aitken Hill Primary School (Craigieburn)

Find out about new schools and upgrades at the Victorian School Building Authority website.

Learn more about going back to school at Tips for starting primary and secondary school.