College finds temporary home, looks to open in 2015

Whittlesea Leader
28 January 2014

BLACKWOOD College, the community-driven project to build a Prep-Year 12 school in Mernda and Doreen, will be based in Greensborough during its foundation year.

Xandee, Glenn Davidson, Kate, Jessie White, Meg, Kim Farrugia and Phillip Burtt visit the Greensborough site that will become Blackwood College’s temporary home.

College spokeswoman Jessie White said a sixmonth lease had been secured for a building on the northern side of the former Northern Metropolitan Institute of Tafe campus in Civic Drive, Greensborough.

The Tafe campus closed last year and is now Blackwood College’s administration base.

The Blackwood board of directors plans to renew the agreement for another 18 months. Ms White said the board was still negotiating details of a permanent home for Blackwood closer to Doreen and Mernda, and had two sites in mind.

Ms White said the college would open next year for students from Prep to Year 9 at the Greensborough site, which has a capacity for 3000 students.

“We need to establish ourselves as a school and as a community first,” Ms White said. She said more than 300 enrolment inquiries had been received already and a number of information events were being organised for prospective students and their families.

“We’re working on forming the Blackwood community, broadening our board membership and building relationships with different education organisations.”

The dedicated group of eight residents running the campaign – parents, business people and education professionals – hoped to open the college in Term 1 this year, but ongoing negotiations forced a 12-month delay.

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