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Victorian school upgrades

Alphington and Fairfield students are a step closer to getting upgraded sporting and learning facilities thanks to the Victorian Government.

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Northcote Kat Theophanous today unveiled designs for upgrades at Alphington and Fairfield Primary Schools, which will see each school increase their capacity by 200 students ensuring local students can attend their local school.

The Victorian Government is investing $14.1 million investment at Alphington Primary School to deliver a competition-grade gymnasium and music room and a three-level learning building.

As well as the new buildings, there will major renovations to current school buildings including the library, art room and classrooms in the heritage building.

The project and its design has continued to be shaped by community feedback and follows a community consultation process from last year. Construction is expected to start in Term 4, 2020, to be completed and ready for Term 1, 2022.

The Victorian Government is also investing $7 million for a new building at the Wingrove Street site of Fairfield Primary School, to allow for an extra 200 students. Landscaped play areas will also be built at the Langridge Street campus, replacing demolished old classrooms and giving students access to more outdoor space.

Builders are on-site at Fairfield Primary School, with these projects expected to be completed in the first half of 2021.

Fairfield students are already benefiting from a completed $2.5 million upgrade, which included a new two-storey modular building with six learning spaces and student common area.

Under the school building boom, a total of 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every child can access a great local school where they can achieve their best. The Victorian Government has invested $6.1 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades and supporting more than 7500 construction jobs for Victorians.

Sandringham Primary School students are also a step closer to returning to a rebuilt school, with an architect appointed to the exciting project.

Minister for Education James Merlino announced the appointment of Peter Elliott Architecture to draw up plans to rebuild the school.

A fire on 1 February caused significant damage to the school, in particular to both the west and south wings and the library.

Initial works to ensure the remaining buildings are safe and weatherproof have been completed, with demolition now in full swing.

All students were temporarily relocated to Sandringham East Primary School and Sandringham College after the fire. The school will subsequently operate from the Bluff Road Campus of Sandringham College for the remainder of 2020 and for the full 2021 school year.

Under the Victorian Government’s school building boom, a total of 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every child can access a great local school where students can achieve their best.