About the project
We built a new primary school.
Lucas Primary School will help ease enrolment pressures at surrounding schools and meet future demand from a growing population.
The new school includes state of the art general and specialist teaching spaces, administration areas and a performing arts and physical education building. This project, designed by Architectus with K2LD and DesignInc, was the winner of ‘Best Primary School Project’ in the 2020 Victorian School Design Awards.
Cherish Early Learning Centre is located next to Lucas Primary School, helping local children make a smooth transition from pre-school and reducing the number of drop-offs for some parents with kinder and school-aged children.
Lucas Primary School is named after the Ballarat suburb where it is located.
The Department of Education chose this name after consulting with local communities on the names for all schools opening in 2020. To reach a final decision, the Department considered this community feedback along with the guiding principles for naming a new school.
Possible names for all the new schools were initially shortlisted by school advisory groups, who considered factors such as public interest, relevance to the local area, and local First Nations languages. The names were also chosen to help reflect each school's unique identity, inspire local pride and make them easily locatable.
The 2017-18 State Budget allocated funding to buy land in this area for a new school. The school received an additional $17.1 million in the 2018-19 State Budget for construction. In the 2019-20 State Budget, the school shared in $624.8 million allocated for new schools.
Reviewed 06 October 2022