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From page 1
Education Minister James Merlino said that a
junior secondary school for Phillip Island, San
Remo and the Grantville/Corinella/Coronet Bay
area is something the local community has been
calling for over the last decade.
“This announcement has been a long time com-
ing,” Mr Merlino said.
“The message to the community is that we have
“It is important that students have the full suite
of opportunities, and the senior campus at Wont-
haggi Secondary College will continue to deliver a
full range of subjects for students at senior level.”
WSC Principal Darren Parker, present at the an-
nouncement, said he was delighted with the good
news and the amazing opportunity presented for
students living to the east of the Anderson round-
“This will have a positive impact on local fami-
lies for decades to come,” Mr Parker said.
WSC has a current enrolment of 1350 students,
but with projected growth figures across the Bass
Coast Shire, he estimates that by the time the
new junior campus is built, it will accommodate
approximately 500 junior secondary pupils; with
similar numbers enrolled at each of the WSC ju-
nior and senior campuses.
Ideal model welcomed
Shane Wainwright, Senior Adviser, Education
Department of Victoria, said what is now envis-
aged presents an ideal education model: that is,
two junior secondary campuses, serving commu-
nities in the east and west of the Bass Coast Shire,
feeding into a senior campus at Wonthaggi catering
for Year 10, 11 and 12 senior students.
Mr Wainwright said that the region will now be-
gin provision planning in the next couple of weeks
to formalise a site proposal after consultation with
all school and the Bass Coast community.
Cowes Primary Acting principal Rod McKenzie
described the announcement as “fantastic”.
“Having a public secondary college option locally
for our students is fantastic,” Mr McKenzie said.
“We have five primary schools on Phillip Island.
“It is wonderful for those students to now have
the option of attending a public secondary school
locally instead of spending a long time on a bus
and commuting to Wonthaggi every day.”
Mr McKenzie also welcomed the announcement
that a full-size gymnasium would be built at Cowes
Acknowledging the facility would be shared with
the community, he commented there was a short-
age of indoor sports facilities on Phillip Island, and
both the school and local sporting clubs would be
“thrilled” with this announcement.
“We have completely outgrown the school’s cur-
rent gym facility,” Mr McKenzie said.
“This announcement is most welcome.
“A new facility like this will be fantastic for the
community at large as well.
“A competition size gymnasium in Cowes is a
New secondary school pledged
NO SOONER had Premier Dan-
iel Andrews pledged a new public
high school for Phillip Island, San
Remo and the Waterline area last
Friday, as well as a new and full
size gymnasium for Cowes Prima-
ry than the Member for Bass Brian
Paynter matched it.
Mr Paynter said he had previ-
ously met with members of the
Cowes Primary school community
to discuss funding for a new multi-
purpose sporting facility and gym-
nasium at Cowes Primary School
and had raised the issue in Parlia-
ment last week.
“So it’s great to see Matthew Guy
and the Liberal-Nationals team
“I’ve been working with local
families to provide better educa-
tion opportunities and securing
$25 million for Waterline students
is evidence of my long commitment
to public education.
“This funding is a game changer
for our local community.
“The funding for this new school
campus is a massive boost for lo-
cal education so I will ensure we
get it right.
“I’ve been working hard with lo-
cal families to provide better edu-
cation opportunities including ar-
guing the case for a new Wonthaggi
Secondary School until it was de-
livered. Securing a pledge of $25
million for Phillip Island families
is evidence of my long commitment
to public education.”
Shadow Minister for Education,
Tim Smith said that the location
of this public junior secondary col-
lege will be selected after an exten-
sive consultation process, and will
take into account the needs of the
Phillip Island community and sur-
“Brian is one of the hardest
working local MPs in Parliament,”
Mr Smith said.
“He’s always knocking on doors
and arguing the case for more
funding for his local community
and he never takes ‘no’ for an an-
Liberal Coalition matches Labor’s pledge
Cowes Primary School Acting Principal
Rod McKenzie (left) and Wonthaggi Second-
ary College Principal Darren Parker have
both welcomed the pledge by Premier Daniel
Andrews that a new public junior secondary
school will be built for Phillip Island and San
Premier Daniel Andrews stopped by to visit the kids in a Grade One classroom at Cowes
Primary, during his surprise visit there. The students were delighted to stop their work and
have a chat to him.
The Cowes Primary choir gave an impromptu singing performance for Victorian Premier
Daniel Andrews, State Education Minister James Merlino and a retinue of Melbourne-based
television camera crews and reporters, during last Friday’s visit. The choir sang beautifully
and impressed everyone present.
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