School bus does first run for 2014

Four sets of twins set who are set to start school tomorrow have joined Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Education Martin Dixon for a special tour of their new school today.

Elliott and Jackson, Rafe and Reuben, Riley and Mitchell, and Marley and Lucy will begin grade prep at Carranballac P-9 College in Point Cook tomorrow.

The twins are among more than 75,000 preps heading to school for the first time this week, including 147 new starters at Carranballac P-9 College.

“It is my great pleasure to welcome the prep students starting their educational journey at our fantastic Victorian schools this week,” Dr Napthine said.

“I want to wish them all the best as they form lifelong friendships, have great adventures and develop a love of learning. “It’s a great time to be beginning school in Victoria with the Coalition Government providing a record $8.8 billion in funding for primary and secondary education in the most recent State Budget.

“We have also fought hard to secure a funding deal that will see $12.2 billion in additional funding invested in our schools over the next 6 years in order to provide students across the state with the best education possible.”

Minister for Education Martin Dixon said he would like to also welcome back the 890,600 students returning to school after the summer break, and hope that they are rested, energised and ready to go.

“The start of the school year is an exciting time – and I am sure everyone is eager to get the year going,” Mr Dixon said.

“It’s the start of a new chapter for many and I’m sure right across Victoria there will be plenty of proud parents waving goodbye at the school gate or the bus stop.

“There may also be some nerves – for parents and preps alike – but I’m sure they’ll settle into school life quickly,” Mr Dixon said.

The preps are not the only ones starting their school careers this week – approximately 2,500 graduate teachers started in schools from Monday. In 2014, approximately:

  • 890,600 students will attend a Victorian school;
  • 562,900 students will attend a Victorian government school;
  • 498,200 primary and 392,400 secondary students will attend a school;
  • 75,600 preps will attend a school, including 51,500 in government schools; and
  • 64,800 Year 7s will attend a school, including 35,200 Year 7s attending a government school.

There are 1,526 government schools, including 1,127 primary schools, 77 primary-secondary schools, 239 secondary schools, 79 special schools and four English language schools throughout Victoria.