01 Jun 2022 News

Visiting Croydon Community School with James Merlino

The brand new $18.15 million campus for Croydon Community School is close to completion thanks to record investment from the Victorian Government to ensure every child has access to modern learning environments and quality education.

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Sonja Terpstra today visited the campus to get an update on the progress of the new build, and to hear from teachers about what this new facility will mean for their students.

Croydon Community School caters specifically to students with personalised learning needs, with many students having struggled with traditional educational facilities.

The former Melba College site has been transformed into a purpose-built campus for these students, with accessible facilities including a town hall performance room that opens to the school’s main courtyard, specialty cooking, multimedia and woodworking rooms, as well as a creek that will utilise the rainwater and provide a calming environment for the students.

A current year 12 student from the school, Marcus, secured an apprenticeship to work on the new build and has been assisting in the landscaping of the new campus. Marcus provided his own perspective on what this campus will mean for students, as well as what this means for his own future.

The school is set to be completed by the end of June, with students attending the new campus in July.