CONSTITUENCY QUESTION: Prahran High School Enrolments

Mr Hibbins to ask the Minister for Education — 

My constituency question is to the Minister for Education, and I ask: what is the latest information on the new Prahran High School? Many constituents have expressed to me that they are impressed with the recently released designs for the new school, which will house 650 students over four storeys, incorporating recreation and green space within those buildings. Demolishing the existing building and building a new purpose built school was something the local community had been advocating for, and it was glad to see the designs for the new school.

Now parents and families are very keen to know more - particularly when enrolments will be open and whether the first intake will only be year 7s or whether some other year levels or all year levels will be included. Draft zones were recently released and families are interested to know when will they be finalised and how strictly zoning will be enforced come enrolment time. My constituents also want to know when construction will start, if the current budget is finalised and how the school will collaborate and integrate with the neighbouring Prahran campus of the Melbourne Polytechnic, the National Circus Institute and the wider community.

Minister for Education James Merlino:

Prahran High School is one of 42 new government schools in the construction pipeline following a record $1.8 billion investment by the Andrews Labor Government in new schools and school upgrades across Victoria.

Prahran High School will open for Term 1, 2019. The Principal, once appointed, will develop relationships with key stakeholders such as Melbourne Polytechnic, the National Institute of Circus Arts and wider community as well as explore potential learning opportunities for the future students of Prahran High School.

The Principal will also work with the Department of Education and Training to develop an enrolment plan in accordance with Departmental processes and timelines. Initial enrolment for new secondary schools typically applies to Year 7 only. This assists with the development of school curriculum and culture.

Primary schools are responsible for ensuring each Year 6 student has a place in a secondary school for Year 7. The transition process for primary students will commence in Term 1, 2018, through communication with local primary schools. The Department of Education and Training helps guide schools through the transition process.

The Victorian School Building Authority has established a website to inform local families on the status of new school construction and upgrades of existing schools.  Up to date details on the construction of Prahran High School can be found at:

htt p://www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Schools/Prahran-High.aspx