Prahran High School Gets First Principal

The inaugural principal has been appointed to lead Prahran High School in Melbourne’s booming inner suburbs.

Acing Minister for Education Gayle Tierney has announced Nathan Chisholm as the principal of the new Prahran High School.

Mr Chisholm will take up the reins of Prahran High School from the start of Term 2, 2018. He joins the school from Buckley Park College where he was the Principal for the past five years and has more than 20 years’ experience as a teacher.

Opening in 2019, Prahran High School will be among Victoria’s first government vertical schools, and will cater for 650 students.

Two ‘Meet the Principal’ events will be held at St Kilda Primary School on May 1 and May 3, between 6.30pm and 8pm.

The school is currently being built by Kane Constructions. It will feature an open atrium at the centre of the building, teaching areas, a main performance space and outdoor terraces on every level.

The ground floor will contain a library, music and drama facilities, while levels 1, 2 and 3 will house the science, visual arts and food technology spaces along with a gymnasium. There will also be a rooftop garden on level 4, and general classrooms, ICT and break out areas will be incorporated throughout the new building.

The school is being built next to an existing educational precinct that includes Melbourne Polytechnic and the National Institute of Circus Arts.

Over the next nine months Mr Chisholm will build a vision for Prahran High School and establish a culture that embodies the vision and values, appoint staff, establish relationships with the Prahran community and work closely with the architects and builders to provide the right environment for students to achieve their best.

The project is part of a more than $2.8 billion investment by the Labor Government to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,200 school upgrades and 64 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians.

Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Education Gayle Tierney

“Appointing Prahran High School’s principal early gives local families the certainty they need about their new school, and allows the school to start forming relationships with the community.”

“This is another major milestone in the delivery of this exciting new school in the heart of the city.”

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