YOUNG SCIENTISTS EMBRACE $20 MILLION SPECIALIST SCHOOL

YOUNG SCIENTISTS EMBRACE $20 MILLION SPECIALIST SCHOOL

Posted on 12. Jul, 2010 in Clayton Update

Victorian students are following in the footsteps of leading Australian scientists Dr Fiona Wood and Dr Tim Flannery at a brand new specialist science school.

Education Minister Bronwyn Pike today officially opened the $20 million John Monash Science School, which is nestled alongside Monash University in Clayton.

Ms Pike said the state-of-the-art school is the first of its kind in Victoria to specialise in science, maths and technology studies and is underpinned by a unique partnership between the Brumby Labor Government and Monash University.

“This is an exciting day for Victorian students and Australian science,” Ms Pike said.

“John Monash Science School is a cutting-edge facility that will reaffirm Victoria’s position as the heart of science and innovation in Australia for generations to come.

“The school is integrated into Monash University’s science, research and innovation precinct and students will have access to the university’s world-renowned resources.

“Students are already undertaking research projects in astrophysics and nanotechnology – and are being guided and mentored by the academic staff at Monash University.

“It’s no surprise that the school named its four houses after top Australian scientists Dr Fiona Wood, Dr Tim Flannery, Dr Peter Doherty and Dr Elisabeth Blackburn.”

Almost 200 Year 10 students started at the school this year – and it will eventually cater for up to 650 Year 10-12 students with a passion for science and maths.

Ms Pike said the new school would continue to push the boundaries of education in Victoria by focusing on the needs and skills of students.

“John Monash Science School is unique – and the Brumby Labor Government is committed to investing in new facilities that give our kids the best chance to thrive at school,” she said.

“Education is our top priority and through the $1.9 bullion Victorian Schools Plan – we are building a world-class education system that provides every child with the opportunity to shine.”

Clayton MP Hong Lim echoed the Minister’s comments and added that this school was another significant milestone in science and maths education in Victoria.  ‘I am looking forward to meeting with students to discuss their individual progress over the coming years,” he said.

John Monash Science School principal Peter Corkill said the partnership with the university gave students the chance to interact with the best scientists in Australia.

“We want our students to ask the big questions and search for the hidden answers – this will inspire them to thrive in the areas they are passionate about,” he said.

John Monash Science School joins Maribyrnong Sports College, Victorian Space Science Education Centre in Strathmore and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School in Southbank as Victoria’s specialist schools.

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