Beginning of construction works in the primary schools of Wallan

Yan Yean MP Danielle Green, center, and Minister of Multicultural Affairs, Community Sport and Youth Ros Spence to her right, with student leaders from Wallan Elementary School and principal Tanya Kirkright.

Groundbreaking ceremonies at two primary schools in Wallan last week marked the start of new construction projects that will expand and improve the schools.

Both Our Lady of the Way and Wallan Elementary School received state government funding to build new facilities that will improve existing campuses and increase student numbers.

Our Lady of the Way will launch its phase four construction project, which includes 12 new spaces installed for classrooms, galleries and offices, creating additional learning opportunities through specialized spaces dedicated to makerspace, French , art and music.

Our Lady of the Way’s deputy principal, Annette Moore, said the upgrades would accommodate the school’s growth.

“We have seen incredible growth over the past five years in our student population, our learning spaces and our landscape,” she said.

“We started in 2018 with 63 students and three classrooms. Now, in 2022, we have 21 learning spaces and 504 students.

“We are very grateful for the support and funding of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne in partnership with the state government.”

Wallan Elementary School will build a new competition-sized indoor basketball court and learning spaces, as well as an outdoor half-court, pathways and landscaping that are expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

Wallan Elementary School principal Tanya Kirkright said the school was delighted to begin construction and thanked everyone who attended the school assembly last week.

“[We] many special guests attended our bi-monthly meeting. Our school captains Kasha and Luca as well as our school vice-captains Aruvi and Moustafa, who led our entire school to celebrate the groundbreaking of our major project,” she said.

“The fencing is in place at the Wallan Elementary School construction site and we are excited to see the development of our major construction.”

Yan Yean MP Danielle Green attended both ceremonies, along with Yan Yean Labor candidate Lauren Kathage, who attended Our Lady of the Way, and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Community Sports and Youth Ros Spence, who attended Wallan Elementary School. School staff, student leaders and construction workers were also present.

Yan Yean MP Danielle Green, center, and Yan Yean Labor candidate Lauren Kathage to her left, with staff and student leaders from Our Lady of the Way in Wallan and workers from Raysett Constructions at the turn of the week last.​

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