Premier Denis Napthine opens a golden school in Bendigo

PLANS: Premier Denis Napthine and principal Barry Goode with the school plans. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

PLANS: Premier Denis Napthine and principal Barry Goode with the school plans. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

THE new gymnasium at Golden Square Primary School echoed as every student shouted the countdown from 10 to one.

Premier Denis Napthine stood in front of his audience at the new school on Maple Street, declaring Stage 1 completed when the count reached zero.

The Premier was one of a number of dignitaries to visit the school on Friday to inspect the modern $5 million administration building.

The completed section, known as Block B, included the library, IT and multimedia rooms, art and staff room.

Dr Napthine said it was a "terrific" day for Golden Square and for education in Bendigo.

"This school was formed from a merger of the old Golden Square Primary School and the Maple Street Primary School, to form a new school," he said.

"This government is putting $11.5 million into rebuilding the school."

As the first stage stood completed, workers continued to construct to clear the site in readiness for the remainder of the school.

The remaining $6.5 million would see the completion of Stage 2, and allow teachers and students to move across to the new site.

Golden Square Primary School principal Barry Goode said the school was still targeting a move-in date for Term 2 next year.

"It's wonderful that we could get some recognition today from people, who have come along to help open Stage 1," he said.

"To the school council, who have worked so hard on this project, to staff who have been patient and resilient, and to parents and students - I know how excited you all are to move into this new school."

Students and politicians alike listened in as the principal described the new buildings.

Parent Anita Blandford said she looked forward to seeing her children begin their schooling at the state-of-the-art school.

"It's really exciting having a completely new school," she said.

"My son Charlie will move to the new school next year and it's great for us."

Victorian Education Minister Martin Dixon, Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters and Members for Northern Victoria Damian Drum and Amanda Millar also visited the school.

Mr Dixon said the government has "delivered on all of its school commitments" from the last election.

"I am delighted to return to Golden Square Primary with the Premier and see the progress already made on the second and final stage of the school's redevelopment," he said.

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