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Yarrabing Secondary College

40 Recreation Rd Aintree 3335

New School

  1. Start

    Q2 2022

  2. Planning

  3. Design

  4. Construction

  5. Finish

    Q1 2024

The above dates are forecast only and subject to change.

About the project

We’re building a new secondary school in Aintree. It will open day one of Term 1 in 2024 and help the growing local population get a great education close to home.

It will be able to enrol up to 550 students when the first stage of the school is complete. In its first year of operation, the school will open to Year 7 students only, and progress by year level thereafter.

Dharra School will be located next to the school.

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Enrolments are open

The 2024 school zones are available at Link

For enrolment queries, please email or call the school on 04 2747 1682

Learn more about the Year 6-7 placement processExternal Link


In the 2022–23 State Budget, the school shared in $527.233 million allocated for new schools.

Funding type
New School
  • Yarrabing Secondary College was chosen as this new school’s name following a two-week community consultation. Yarrabing (pronounced yarra-bing) is a Woi-wurrung word of the Wurundjeri people meaning white gum.

    We used Aintree Secondary School as an interim name while the school was being planned and designed.

  • John Mitsinikos was appointed as principal of the new school.

    John Mitsinikos has been a government school leader for 15 years. He was most recently principal at Kurunjang Secondary College. John is excited to be the foundation principal at the school. He knows the Brimbank Melton area well, and looks forward to building a strong learning culture with students and staff.

  • When the school opens in Term 1, 2024, it will include:

    • a design, arts, technology and science (DATS) building
    • a learning neighbourhood
    • hard courts
    • a carpark.

    We are also delivering a community hub.

    Students will have great modern learning areas with air conditioning and heating. Outside, they will have shade sails for sun protection. We have designed the school to be environmentally sustainable and easy to manage.

  • Across late 2021 and during early–mid 2022, we consulted with local Traditional Owners, represented by the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation to endorse the design of this new school.

    We sought feedback and advice on:

    • local Indigenous plantings
    • cultural stories and histories
    • translations of Indigenous words
    • design elements that could enhance cultural education and understanding

Aintree Secondary School (interim name) – indicative site plan

An indicative site plan of new school Aintree Secondary School (interim name)
Aintree Secondary School (interim name) – indicative site plan

This image shows the indicative site plan for Aintree Secondary School (interim name).

The plan shows buildings and facilities marked up in blue that will be open from Term 1 2024. They include:

  • a community hub
  • outdoor hard courts
  • a design, arts, technology and science building
  • a learning neighbourhood (classrooms)
  • a carpark next to Recreation Road.

There are outdoor play spaces labelled next to the learning neighbourhood.

The plan shows facilities marked up in grey that are a future stage subject to further funding. They include:

  • an administration building
  • an additional learning neighbourhood (classrooms)
  • additional hard courts
  • a carpark next to Vision Street.

A sectioned off area to the right of the plan shows that Aintree Specialist School (interim name) is on the same site.

Recreation Road is marked up along the top of the plan and Vision Street is marked up along the bottom. Warhawke Road is to the right and Wildwood Road is to the left.

The bottom of the image says Opening from Term 1 2024.

Download Aintree Secondary School (interim name) – indicative site plan

Reviewed 22 August 2023

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