SAN Remo will be the home of a junior secondary campus for Years 7-9, which will be part of Wonthaggi Secondary College.
It means Wonthaggi Secondary will become a regional school with two junior campuses and one brand-new senior campus on McKenzie Street.
But the exact site for the junior school, which the government has promised will be open in 2022, has not been publicly revealed.
The Victorian School Building Authority is talking with landowners in San Remo, with the site to be announced in the coming months.
Education Minister James Merlino and Bass MP Jordan Crugnale visited the under-construction McKenzie Street campus to make the announcement last Thursday.
“This is a fast-growing region and we know there are around 500 students including about 250 Year 7-9 students, travelling great distances to get to school,” Mr Merlino said, adding that it takes some students up to an hour and a half.
The Education Minister said there had been extensive community consultation around the junior school.
One of the strongest themes was that it had to be in a central location, he said.
“San Remo is the very best location for this campus,” Mr Merlino said.
A junior secondary school was a key election promise made by the Labor Government in the lead up to last year’s State Election.
Mr Merlino promised there will be further consultation, including around the name and design of the junior campus.
“The interim name is Bass Coast Junior Campus but we’ll go out to the community [to find] what is the best name for this school.”
Architects for the new school will be appointed in the next few weeks, Mr Merlino said.
“This is a great announcement combined with the great development here at this brand-new secondary campus.
Mr Merlino said his colleague, Bass MP Jordan Crugnale, had been a passionate advocate for the McKenzie Street school.
“Last time I was here it was turning the sod and to see the buildings out of the ground, it’s simply stunning.”
The new senior campus is on track to be open by next year.
He described the McKenzie Street campus as a “jewel in the crown” for the community.
Bass MP Jordan Crugnale said the new San Remo campus will give students the education they need, closer to home.
“If you look more broadly across Bass Coast, a lot of the kids from that Grantville and Waterline area go to Koo Wee Rup (Secondary College), and a lot of the kids from Pakenham go to Koo Wee Rup,” Ms Crugnale said.
Wonthaggi Secondary College principal Darren Parker said it has been an amazing era for education in the Bass Coast area.
“We were so thrilled with the development of the site that we are at today,” he said at the McKenzie Street site.
“This new senior school will have such an impact on the learning of young people for decades to come.
“To now know that it will be rolled out across the Bass Coast area is an amazing opportunity. We can’t wait.”
New San Remo school will be the jewel in the crown