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Encouraging More Victorian Students To Study Chinese

Victoria’s curriculum will provide a new pathway for students studying VCE Modern Standard Chinese, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. A new course, Chinese Language, Culture and Society, will better meet the needs of students who are not from a Chinese-speaking background. China is Victoria’s..

New Schools Open In Melbourne’s South-East

More than 850 students in Melbourne’s south-east have started the 2017 school year in three new schools. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera today welcomed staff and students at Barton Primary in Cranbourne West, Tulliallan Primary in Cranbourne North and..

Back To School: Slow Down And Cross Safely

Drivers are being urged to slow down and be cautious around school zones next week as the back to school rush gets underway. Reduced speed limits will be back in place outside schools across Victoria from Tuesday 31 January, to keep kids safe as they..

Emergency Workers Receive Australia Day Honours

Twelve Victorian emergency service members have made the 2017 Australia Day Honours List for their dedicated service to the people of Victoria. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino and Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today congratulated the staff and volunteers receiving the..

World-First Education Target For Victorian Students

Victoria will be the first jurisdiction in the world to set a target for students in critical and creative thinking. The world-first target aims for a 25 per cent increase in Year 10 students with excellent critical and creative thinking skills by 2025. Achieving this..


The Monbulk community is being urged to recognise local athletes, clubs, coaches, officials and volunteers that make grassroots sport in Monbulk thrive. Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP today encouraged the community to nominate its local sporting heroes for the Victorian Sport Awards, supported by..

Principals Of Victoria’s Newest Schools Celebrate Opening

More than 2,700 students will start the 2017 school year in brand new schools thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in education. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Yuroke Ros Spence today joined the principals of Victoria’s 10 new schools to..

Digital Curriculum To Prepare Kids For Jobs Of Tomorrow

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Sydenham Natalie Hutchins today marked the start of the new Digital Technologies curriculum with a tour of Taylors Lakes Primary School’s new Coding and Technology space. The space will be used by students and teachers from Taylors..

Building The Education State In Albert Park

Albert Park College students heading back to school this year will be joined by construction workers, with a $900,000 upgrade underway thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Today, construction started on two new classrooms above the College’s gymnasium to help accommodate growing enrolments. Plans for..

Next Phase Of Doctors In Secondary Schools Rollout

Thousands of Victorian students will have access to the healthcare they need thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino, Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan and Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards today visited Eaglehawk Secondary College in Bendigo to release..

South Melbourne Vertical School Gets First Principal

The inaugural principal has been appointed to lead Victoria’s first vertical government school. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Albert Park Martin Foley congratulated Noel Creece on being appointed principal of the new $44 million award-winning Ferrars St South Melbourne Primary School. Mr..


Students at Billanook Primary School will be safer this summer with the Andrews Labor Government making sure schools in the state’s highest fire danger areas are better prepared for bushfires. James Merlino MP today inspected Billanook Primary School in MONBULK, which will have its bushfire..

Victorian Students Receive First Round Uni And TAFE Offers

The nervous wait is over for many Victorian students, who will find out today if they have received a first-round university or TAFE offer. This afternoon, Minister for Education James Merlino and Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney visited Kambrya College in Berwick to..