Docklands Primary School is built!
By Meg Hill
Construction was completed at Docklands Primary School in October. The school will officially open in time for term one in the new year.
The new vertical school includes a library, music and arts rooms, outdoor learning terraces and a competition-grade indoor sports courts for netball and basketball. The school is three storeys and will cater for 525 students.
Minister for Education James Merlino announced that works were finished on October 19.
“This is an exciting step for Docklands families, with local students set to attend a brand- new school in 2021 and receive the world-class education they deserve,” Mr Merlino said.
The site will also be home to the Docklands Primary School Kindergarten, which will also open in the new year with capacity for 66 three- and four-year-olds.
The school also revealed its new logo in October. The logo – which is a depiction of Docklands’ symbolic waterfront – was voted on by the school community.
It was revealed on the Docklands Primary School Facebook:
“Once a bustling dock with an extensive net- work of wharves, the introduction of containers saw Melbourne’s original docks moved to the mouth of the Yarra to accommodate larger ships – what remained were the 100-year-old wharves and supporting pylons that have be- come synonymous with the Docklands, now re- developed into a vibrant and exciting inner-city waterfront community,” the post read.
“Viewed through the porthole of a ship, Docklands Primary School logo is an elegant union of old and new. A celebration of the illustrious history of the area, the 100-year-old pylons are highlighted by a modern design, reflective of today. The pylons are strategically positioned to communicate success in terms that every Melbourne child understands, the kicking of a goal.”
The school will be headed by principal Adam Bright and assistant principal Louise Spalliera. Ms Spalliera said the school was focused on delivering the best education in the new year. “We will deliver a knowledge-rich curriculum with a strong focus on developing the foundational skills of literacy and numeracy,” she said.
Mr Bright said the school had already received more than 100 prep enrolments for 2021. “Our school recognises the importance of providing an environment that supports and nurtures our students’ social and emotional wellbeing,” he said. “We will work to embed a positive educational model that actively promotes the development of happy, healthy and resilient kids.”