Second shot at life for Mowbray

TEACHERS at a new Melton school will soon dust off the shelves to educate a new generation of students at the former Mowbray College campus.

Heathdale Christian College principal Reynald Tibben said the Werribee college was aiming to open a campus in Melton in 2014, initially catering for prep to grade 4 pupils. The Mowbray site in Melton has been vacant since last June when the college collapsed with debts of $18 million.

Mr Tibben said the response of the community had been positive. The non-denominational school would cater for pupils living in Melton, Caroline Springs, Gisborne and Bacchus Marsh. Heathdale Christian College has been part of the Werribee community for 30 years.

“We’re starting off with prep to grade 4 with the aim of opening a couple of kinder rooms in the future and then a new grade each year so we can grow it one year at a time,” Mr Tibben said. He said there was a considerable amount of work to be done to bring the school grounds back to life as the site was “quite run down”.

Mr Tibben said he believed Heathdale was the right fit for Melton due to the area’s ongoing population growth.

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