Minister opens $4 million Fairhills Primary upgrade

Minister for Education Martin Dixon today officially opened the $4 million upgrade to Fairhills Primary School with Member for Ferntree Gully Nick Wakeling.

On a tour of the new facilities Mr Dixon said the $4 million, announced in the 2013-14 State Budget, had funded the transformation of two classroom blocks into four new flexible learning centres.

“The Napthine Government is building better schools for all Victorian students, and the Coalition is proud to have invested $4 million in the future of Fairhills Primary,” Mr Dixon said.

“Since 2011 the Victorian Coalition Government has invested $1.1 billion in school capital, including $8 million for Eastern Ranges School, $4.5 million for Ferntree Gully North Primary School, $4 million for Wattle View Primary School, and $3 million for Mountain Gate Primary School,” Mr Dixon said.

Each centre is linked via a central „pine‟containing active and passive learning areas, and group learning and presentation spaces.

Fairhills Primary School Principal Moi Beaurain said the whole school community love the new open learning spaces.

“The spaces really push learning so that it meets the requirements of 21st century skill-based education. The kids have taken to it like a duck to water,” Ms Beaurain said.

Mr Wakeling said Fairhills has built an outstanding reputation as an innovative leader in education in Ferntree Gully.

“The funding provided by the Napthine Government has helped implement the school‟ vision of a whole-school approach to curriculum delivery through flexible learning spaces,” Mr Wakeling said.

“These fantastic 21st century facilities will boost student learning for families from Ferntree Gully and surrounding suburbs for generations to come.”

The Napthine Government is building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor‟ last budget in 2010.