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Greenvale Secondary College

Location
2 Glencairn Dr Greenvale 3059

New School - Building Space for More Students

  1. Start

    Q2 2023

  2. Planning

  3. Design

  4. Construction

  5. Finish

    Q1 2025

The above dates are forecast only and subject to change.

About the project

We are expanding the school to create space for an extra 475 local students.

Funding

In the 2023–24 State Budget the school received a share of $573.178 million

Funding type
New School

New School

  1. Start

  2. Planning

  3. Design

  4. Construction

  5. Finish

    Q1 2022

The above dates are forecast only and subject to change.

About the project

We built a new secondary college in Greenvale. It opened in 2022 and helps the growing local population get great education close to home.

Mark Natoli has been appointed as principal of the school. See the below drop-down for more information.

The secondary college was previously known by its interim name, Greenvale Secondary School, during the planning phase.

Funding

In 2020, the school shared in $438.6 million of funding for new schools.

Funding type
New School
  • In 2022, Greenvale Secondary College welcomed students in Year 7. The school will open enrolments by year level as the first cohort of students progresses through school.

    Families wanting information on how to enrol at Greenvale Secondary College for 2022 can contact Principal Mark Natoli by emailing greenvale.sc@education.vic.gov.au.

    Find My SchoolExternal Link has been updated to show school zones for 2022. This includes the zone for this school.

    PoliciesExternal Link on enrolment, placement, and admission are available on the Department of Education and Training website.

  • The Greenvale Secondary College – Meet the Team online information session was held on Thursday 14 October 2021.

    Families were provided an opportunity to meet the principal and team and find out more about the school’s facilities, enrolments and student experience.

  • Greenvale Secondary College was chosen as the school name following community consultation and discussions with Geographic Names Victoria, taking into account factors including public interest, relevance to the local area, and local Indigenous languages.

    The school is named after the suburb it is located in.

    We consulted with the community on Greenvale Secondary College’s name from 11 June to 25 June 2021.

  • Mark Natoli has been appointed as principal of the school.

    Mark is an educator with over a decade’s experience, most recently as principal of John Fawkner College, where he worked with staff, students, and families to recast the school's vision and construct the building blocks for a new way of working to support student success.

    Mark was also a Campus Principal at Sunshine College, where he led improvement in student outcomes by supporting the implementation of innovative curriculum and working in partnership with community.

    Mark is very proud and excited to be the Foundation Principal of Greenvale Secondary College and is looking forward to getting to know, and work in partnership with, the Greenvale community. He is energised by the potential to develop a school that not only delivers academic results but in which students, staff, parents and the community can be proud.

  • Current funding has allowed for the following permanent facilities:

    • an administration and learning resource centre building
    • a science, technology, engineering and maths building
    • a learning neighbourhood building
    • 2 bike shelters
    • a temporary hardcourt
    • landscaped outdoor play and learning areas

    The school can accommodate a capacity of approximately 550 students.

  • In 2018, we consulted with local communities gaining new schools in Melbourne's fastest growing outer suburbs – including your new primary school. We captured each local area's broad aspirations and used this feedback in our concept designs.

    During January and February 2020, a second round of engagement invited locals to share their ideas, local knowledge and the things that mattered most about how their school would look, feel and function.

    The Greenvale Secondary College community requested playgrounds that used natural materials and colours and reflected the local parks and reservoirs. They told us they wanted areas that encouraged children to interact socially and be active, with shaded outdoor spaces that provided weather protection.

    Greenvale families put a high priority on modern and innovative classrooms that provided flexible learning environments to suit a range of learning approaches and a diverse curriculum as its population grew.

    Our consultation received strong and consistent feedback on many of their design needs and goals. Our architects used your feedback to help shape your school's interior and its landscape design.

Community engagement – school design report

  • Greenvale Secondary School meets the needs of the growing community by providing students with state-of-the-art facilities that offer broad choices and diverse opportunities for a 21st century education.

    The school is located on seven hectares of land in Glencairn Drive in Greenvale and construction began in late 2020. Stage 1 of the school was completed in late 2021 and the exciting, modern facilities were ready for up to 200 Year 7 enrolments in 2022.

  • The architects of Greenvale Secondary School have considered feedback from community consultation in the school’s design. The contemporary facilities are designed to improve learning and curriculum opportunities and provide a place to welcome and include the broader community.

    Your school community told us you wanted natural outdoor areas; diverse, high-quality sporting facilities; weather protection and shade; modern and innovative classrooms; and flexible learning spaces to cater for different learning abilities and provide for a diverse curriculum.

    Inviting spaces that people love

    You wanted your school to offer an informal, welcoming atmosphere where community members can gather with friends and family. You also told us you valued the importance of sharing multiculturalism, including events and cultural practices, and that your community acknowledged the many different cultures relocating to Melbourne’s outer suburbs.

    Specialised learning environments

    Greenvale Secondary School proudly offers its students modern and innovative classrooms that provide flexible learning environments to suit a range of learning approaches for a 21st century education.

    We heard that your community values a school design that caters for different learning styles and abilities and offer students a diverse curriculum.

    Connection to nature

    You told us you wanted playgrounds that provided a range of equipment and used natural materials and colours to encourage children to interact socially and be active, with shaded outdoor areas that offer weather protection.

    There was a strong preference for a connection to nature and gardens that allowed students to appreciate the natural elements throughout the year.

  • Stage 1 of the new Greenvale Secondary School provides a long-term enrolment capacity of 550 places for local students.

    Stage 2 will allow the school to grow to 1,000 places, offering contemporary education facilities to future families of this growing area.

2022 new schools design consultation - what we heard

  • In 2018, the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) consulted with local communities during the land acquisition and planning stages for these new schools of 2022. We captured each local area’s broad aspirations and used this feedback in our concept designs.

    During January and February 2020, a second round of engagement invited locals to share their ideas, their local knowledge and the things that matter most to them in the design of a school. Feedback was gathered through an Engage Victoria survey and responses were received in a number of ways.

    Engagement snapshot

    • 57,279 people reached through social media
    • 259 online survey responses
    • 78% of survey participants are parents of future students at the school
  • Our eight school communities told us they wanted:

    Large playgrounds

    We heard that communities wanted their schools to have room for students to be active and offer playground equipment to suit all ages. Protection from sun and rain is a high priority as these spaces will be used throughout the year.

    “A large outdoor area where students can be active before, during and after school.”

    Sports facilities

    Sports facilities are important to schools. Communities want their schools to develop and maintain their own sports programs and offer resources that encompass a broad array of sports and activities. They hope these features will encourage active lifestyles and will include appropriate equipment suitable for all weather conditions.

    “Sports provide an amazing outlet for health, teamwork and socialisation. A great way to build a school community and identity.”

    Natural outdoor areas

    These growing communities wanted school designs that reflect the surrounding natural environment. They were eager for designs that use natural colours and materials and plantings of native flora.

    We heard there was a strong preference for the designs to be eco-friendly and sustainable. Outdoor, weather-protected seating areas were considered very important.

    “Use native planting and lots of it, colours that fit in with the surrounding countryside and flora.”

  • During the engagement we asked a range of questions to learn more about the local area and understand where people enjoyed spending time.

    Our goal was to ensure each new school reflected its area’s identity and had a great community feel. These were some of the things you told us you wanted most.

    Modern learning facilities

    Our school communities told us they valued modern and innovative classrooms that provided flexible learning environments for the broad range of learning approaches delivered as part of a 21st century education.

    A diverse curriculum is high priority. Our new school communities benefit from purpose-built spaces that provide facilities and resources to support broad learning areas, including visual arts and technology spaces.

    Local history and cultural insights

    We received strong community acknowledgment of the importance of multiculturalism, including events and cultural practices, and an awareness of the many different cultures relocating to new school areas.

    School communities were eager to demonstrate a connection to indigenous culture, through art works and the introduction of history and language into teaching and learning.

    Improved education outcomes

    Your communities indicated high confidence (72% confident) that a new school would contribute to better educational outcomes for their students.

    They saw many benefits for education and lifestyle including shorter travel times, modern facilities and amenities, reduced overcrowding, attracting high-quality teaching staff and the opportunity to create stronger community connections.

    Transport considerations

    Transport options to and from schools are critical elements of design. Communities want closer facilities to reduce travelling times and distances. They called for safer paths and crossings, reduced traffic congestion and adequate parking.

    Schools in walking distance of homes are highly desired, but your communities told us you also valued accessible public transport options for carers seeking to get to their next destination and traffic and parking conditions that made it possible to drive children to school when necessary.

  • The architects we appointed to design each new school considered all community feedback and the key themes of responses from the consultation.

    You can view the renders for the 2022 new schools below. These are artist impressions, and elements of the designs may have changed slightly.

    The designs offer a diverse range of specialised learning environments to suit the needs of young learners. This includes enclosed, semi-enclosed and open classrooms that aim to maximise flexibility and support a more inclusive and modern approach to learning.

    The concepts seek to maximise each school’s connection to nature and respond to community requests for outdoor play opportunities, natural landscaping, weather protection and shade.

    School communities told us they placed a high priority on developing and maintaining their own sports programs onsite and wanted to offer their families a broad array of sporting opportunities and activities.

    • 4,963 people reached through social media
    • 45 online survey responses
    • 76% of survey participants live in postcode 3059
    • 62% of survey participants are parents of future students at the school

    The Greenvale Secondary School community requested playgrounds that used natural materials and colours and reflected the local parks and reservoirs. They told us they wanted areas that encouraged children to interact socially and be active, with shaded outdoor spaces that provided weather protection.

    Greenvale families prioritised modern and innovative classrooms that provided flexible learning environments. They wanted their new school to suit a range of learning approaches and a diverse curriculum as their area’s population grew.

Reviewed 05 June 2023

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