Victorians have a say in new school names


The names of 12 new schools due to open next year have been revealed after being put to a community vote, with many names taken from the local indigenous language for flora and fauna.

Education Minister Natalie Hutchins today announced the names of new schools that Andrews’ Labor Government will open in some of the state’s biggest growth areas from the first day of the first term of 2023.

The preferred names were chosen following a community consultation process that saw nearly 5,000 submissions made – with the schools’ final names (and their interim names) chosen as follows:

  • Barrawang Primary School – from Woi-wurrung word of Wurundjeri people meaning ‘magpie’ (Wollert West Provisional Primary School)
  • Kurrun Primary School – from the word Bunurong meaning “acacia” (Acting Officer of Rix Road Primary School)
  • Nearnung Primary School – from the word Bunurong meaning ‘black cockatoo’ (Interim Primary School Tarneit Missen House)
  • Wayi School – a Woi-wurrung word from the Wurundjeri people meaning “we” (Mount Ridley Provisional Special School)
  • Ngarri Primary School – from the word Wadawurrung meaning ‘sheoak’ (Holyoake Parade Interim Primary School)
  • Donnybrook Elementary School (Haies Hill Interim Elementary School)
  • Lollypop Creek Elementary School
  • Mickleham Secondary College (Merrifield West Provisional Secondary School)
  • Quarters Primary School (Camms Road Provisional Primary School)
  • Tarneit Primary School (Provisional Primary School Riverdale East)
  • Thornhill Park Primary School (Rockbank Murray Road Provisional Primary School)
  • Wollert Secondary College (Acting Wollert East Secondary School)

In addition to the brand new schools, North Melbourne Primary School’s new campus – to accommodate its growing student population – will be named the Molesworth Street Campus.

Since being elected in 2014, the Labor government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and over 1,850 school improvements, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and related industries.

Work is now well ahead of the plan to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024.

As Education Minister Natalie Hutchins said

“It’s exciting to get a little closer to these new schools that are opening their doors to thousands of new students in our fastest growing regions, as part of our promise to open 100 new schools in Victoria d ‘by 2026.’

“It’s so important for families and young people to feel connected to their local schools, and we’re delighted the community has had a say in these names which truly reflect the culture, history and environment of the region.

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