Members Statement: Yuroke Electorate Schools

Ms SPENCE (Yuroke—Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Community Sport, Minister for Youth)

I rise today to congratulate Mark Natoli on his appointment as the foundation principal of Greenvale Secondary College and Anthea Jamieson on her appointment as the foundation principal of Gilgai Plains Primary School in Kalkallo.

Mark comes with solid experience as an educator and as a leader, having previously served as the principal at John Fawkner College. I know he’s as excited as I am to open this long-awaited school and welcome the first students and educators in term 1, 2022.

Anthea Jamieson also brings the background that will make Gilgai Plains Primary School the great neighbourhood school Kalkallo kids deserve. Anthea’s decades-long experience in establishing new schools and helping them thrive will serve local students and their families well for many years to come.

Both foundation principals are already recruiting the staff who will deliver the world-class education that students deserve, close to home.

The community has been consulted at every step of the way with these schools, including the design and naming. Both principals are now consulting directly about the final decisions they will take before they can open, including the all-important uniform, having already chosen school mottos and colours.

This is a really exciting stage of the process for all involved, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with. Both schools have created a dedicated social media presence where anyone can see regular updates, and I think that’s a great way to keep our equally excited community involved.

To Mark, Anthea and all involved, well done for your work so far, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.