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Education investment to benefit Frankston North families

Friday 29 November 2019

A world-class education system is being created in Frankston North, with plans to build a $26.2 million state-of-the-art education precinct by 2021.

The Frankston North Education Plan includes more early learning centres, smoother student transition at each stage of education, more focus on post-school pathways, improved access to technology, better facilities, higher quality teaching, community spaces and more.

The plan is a partnership between the Victorian Government, the Coleman Foundation, Frankston City Council, Aldercourt Primary School, Mahogany Rise Primary School and Monterey Secondary College.

The Victorian Government is investing $26.2 million for new facilities, resourcing the Centre of Excellence and supporting school staff to improve outcomes. The Colman Foundation is investing in the Our Place model and the City of Frankston is investing in early learning services and support.

Our Place is a model developed by the Colman Foundation to help transform school communities. The Our Place team will be coordinating health and family support services, before and after school programs and adult education opportunities together at each of the three schools.

Construction at all three schools is due to commence in January 2020. Once complete, the project will help ensure Frankston North families have access to high quality education at every stage, regardless of background or circumstance.

The Plan breaks ground 

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Minister for Education James Merlino, Member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke and Frankston City Mayor, Sandra Mayer, turned the sod at Mahogany Rise Primary School on Thursday 13 February, as the Frankston North Education Plan begins construction works at all three schools. At Mahogany Rise Primary School, the on-site early learning centre will be integrated with the school. Similarly, a brand new kindergarten and maternal and child health centre, co-located at Aldercourt Primary School, will provide local pre-schoolers with a high quality program to build their confidence and self-awareness as they learn to communicate, explore, discover, imagine and create in a happy, bright, fun environment.

Monterey Secondary College will receive an exciting Centre of Excellence, with a state-of-the-art sporting facility being built. The new facility will provide students with an integrated academic and sporting program; helping young athletes develop their sporting talent and pursue a specialist pathway in health sciences. Expert coaches, provided in partnership with St Kilda Football Club and the Frankston District Netball Association (FDNA), will help to deliver the program — initially focussing on AFL Football and netball. A wider variety of sports will be added as the program develops.

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