About the project
We’re building a new primary school in Mambourin. 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 650 students when the school is complete.
The school will open for enrolments for students in Prep to Grade 6. The 2024 school zones are available at . For enrolment queries, please email Mark.Zahra@education.vic.gov.au.
In the 2022–23 State Budget, the school shared in $527.233 million allocated for new schools.
We are consulting on a name for Black Forest East Primary School (interim name).
In our commitment to school names in Aboriginal languages, the Wadawurrung Traditional Owner group has been consulted and has provided a shortlist of names for this new school.
The Department of Education will use your preferences to decide on this school’s name.
Have your say by taking the on the Engage Victoria website.
Mark Zahra has been appointed as principal of the new school.
Mark has been an educator for 20 years teaching across Melbourne, Geelong and in London. He has taken on several leadership roles throughout this time, most recently as principal of Moriac Primary School. Mark can't wait to be foundation principal of Black Forest East Primary School (interim name). He is looking forward to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for the community.
When the school opens in Term 1, 2024, it will include:
- an administration and library building
- 3 learning neighbourhoods
- a community hub with indoor multi-use court, canteen and arts/music spaces
- hard courts
- a sports field
- a carpark
- a kindergarten.
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 Wadawurrung Traditional Owners 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
We're building Black Forest East Primary School Kindergarten (interim name) at the school. Having the kindergarten and school together may help local children make a smooth transition into primary school and can also make drop-off time simpler for some families.
Black Forest East Primary School (interim name) - indicative site plan
This image shows the indicative site plan for Black Forest East Primary School (interim name).
The plan shows school buildings and facilities marked up in blue. They include:
- a community hub
- administration and library building
- 3 learning neighbourhoods (classrooms)
- outdoor hard courts
- a carpark.
The plan also shows buildings and facilities marked up in pink. They include:
- Black Forest East Primary School Kindergarten (interim name)
- a carpark for the kindergarten.
There is a sports field to the right of the plan.
Lecture Circuit is marked up along the perimeter, except for the bottom which is labelled Elementary Road.
At the bottom of the image it says Opening Term 1 2024.
Reviewed 06 June 2023