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2019-05-07 Community & Lifestyle

It’s academic! Schools & education around Habitat

For families looking to buy property, the location of the land is invariably as important as the home itself. And while proximity to shops, transport and green spaces is always important, closeness to schools (built, under construction or planned) often ranks higher on the list of priorities than anything else.

As Melbourne’s population increases faster than most other cities in Australia, so too does its number of students. In fact, the Victorian Department of Education and Training estimates that close to 100,000 extra students will enter public schools over the next five years.

While the Victorian Government is delivering upgrades and hundreds of brand new schools in growth areas, competition within sought-after school zones will only intensify in coming years, so it’s never been more important to have well-regarded education nearby.  

In this article, we’ll give you a summary of the early childhood, primary and secondary school choices available near Habitat and estimated travel times.

Tarneit Rise Primary School

This very new school, opened just last year, features excellent facilities (including a competition-grade netball gym) and an emphasis on developing curious and compassionate students. (They also successfully applied for a Habitat Community Grant last year, and we were thrilled to sponsor their Christmas movie night.)

French, physical education, performing arts and visual arts are among the specialist subjects taught.

The school is a 25-minute walk or five-minute drive from Habitat and much of Habitat is within the Tarneit Rise zone. If enrolments become restricted, children in this zone get priority.

Image credit: Tarneit Rise Primary School

The Grange P-12 College

This government school educates children from Prep all the way through to Year 12.

Facilities include include gymnasiums, a theatre, science laboratories, technology workshops, libraries and a music room.

Bus 167 gets you directly to the school gate, but you can also get there in about 8 minutes by car.

Image credit: The Grange P-12 College

St John the Apostle Catholic Primary School

This school offers modern facilities to students between Prep and Grade 6.

The school gives enrolment priority to baptised children of the St. John the Apostle Catholic Primary School’s catchment area, and all of Habitat is within that zone.

It’s a five-minute car ride and an easy trip on the 167 Bus.

Image credit:  St John the Apostle Catholic Primary School & Baldasso Cortese Architects

Tarneit P-9 College

As the name suggests, this government school offers classes from Prep all the way up to Year 9.

The school concentrates specifically on literacy, mathematics, science and performing arts.

It’s an eight-minute drive from Habitat. The 167 Bus is also a handy option.

Image credit: Baade Harbour Australia

Tarneit Senior College

Complementing the nearby P-9 College, the Senior College offers classes for students from Years 10 to 12. It’s all about giving maturing students the chance to complete their final-year studies in an adult environment.

It’s eight minutes by car from Habitat and easy to get to via the 167 Bus.

Image credit: 2Construct

Explorers Early Learning – Tarneit (future)

Due to open in November of 2019, Explorers Early Learning, will be located within Habitat. The centre will provide three- and four-year-old kinder within its long day care program.

They’ll be taking enrolment registrations between four and six weeks before the opening date – keep an eye on the website for updates.

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