More works underway at Mount Rowan

February 23, 2024 BY

Shovel ready: Dignitaries and the school community celebrated the beginning of the next stage of works at Mount Rowan Secondary College last week. Photo: MIRIAM LITWIN

MEMBER for Wendouree, Juliana Addison, joined the Mount Rowan Secondary College community last week to mark the beginning of construction for the next stage of upgrades at the school.

The next phase of development will include food, technology, science, and art classrooms as well as a multipurpose room with the aim of supporting diverse educational needs.

“We believe that every school in Victoria deserves world class facilities,” said Ms Addison.

“We know that when you learn in a place that has great technology and you can be connected and there is room to learn, you have a better chance of success.

“I know that creating work and learning spaces which encourage success, will deliver success across Wendouree and our northern suburbs.”

Since 2015, more than $21 million of State Government funding has gone towards upgrades at Mount Rowan SC including new performing arts spaces, classrooms, a VCE centre, administrative areas, sports courts, and a cafe.

School principal Seona Murnane said the community is looking forward to having more permanent spaces which provide stability to students.

“I’ve been here now for nearly 12 years and since that time we’ve done a lot of expansion of staff, students as well as our physical space,” she said.

“With this new build everyone’s really excited about it because we have a few portables, but we actually want the physical space expanded because then it’s better classrooms for our students.”

College captain Alex said it is great to see school pride grow alongside the development of the new facilities.

“When I first came here, this school had a very different reputation, and I feel once we’ve had these new buildings it’s a really, really different environment,” he said.

“It feels collaborative and everyone is trying their best to succeed in these environments.”

Local construction company AW Nicholson will carry out the works and the project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.