Deputy Premier and Education Minister James Merlino visited Glenroy College on Wednesday to officially open the new junior and senior learning buildings.

Part of a multi-million dollar upgrade of the College and its grounds, staff and students have already settled into the new buildings even though Covid closures delayed the official opening. Facilities includes new art and textiles rooms, new administration areas, a library and dedicated learning zones for junior and senior students.

Minister Merlino takes a tour

Senior school captains from Year 11 and Year 12 took Mr Merlino and his Labor Party colleagues – local MP Lizzie Blandthorn and Broadmeadows candidate Kathleen Matthews-Ward – on a tour of the new facilities, while talking proudly about their school and their plans for the future after VCE.

The group inspected the new junior and senior learning areas as well as the library and office buildings. And, Mr Merlino told a group of Year 7 students who met him in the new library resource centre after the tour, that he liked what he saw.

He told gathered staff and students that they should be proud of the College’s new learning spaces.

“We match the buildings to the quality of the teaching,” Mr Merlino told students, before using his special golden scissors to cut a commemorative red ribbon and declare the new Glenroy College buildings officially open.

“It makes teaching and learning so much easier.”

Mr Merlino presented each Glenroy College captain – Kayla Harrison, Maykl Habeeb, Cecile Telefoni, Bronte Hood and Ali Khaled – with a piece of the red ribbon as a memento of the day.

He also thanked students and teachers for showing so much resilience and fortitude during the past two years of pandemic-induced rolling lockdowns, curfews and remote learning challenges.

“I just want to pass on my thanks and gratitude to everybody,” Mr Merlino said.

Our Glenroy College ambassadors

Glenroy College senior captains meet Education Minister James Merlino
Glenroy College senior school captains (from left) Maykl Habeeb, Ali Khaled, Kayla Harrison,Cecile Telefoni and Bronte Hood meet Education Minister James Merlino and his ALP colleagues Lizzie Blandthorne and Kathleen Matthews-Ward.

Glenroy College’s newly appointed Principal Graham Stevenson praised the Year 11 and 12 captains for being such excellent ambassadors for the school.

“These five students show incredible leadership, focus and maturity. They are a credit to themselves, to their families and to the College as well as being excellent role models for our junior cohort. We’re very lucky and incredibly proud to call them Glenroy College students,” Mr Stevenson said.

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