The Grange P-12 College | Members Statement

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan): I had the pleasure of visiting The Grange P–12 College on 8 October with Sarah Connolly, the member for Tarneit. The Grange P–12 College is a finalist for the Outstanding Koorie Education Award. The college has implemented the Marrung Aboriginal Education Plan, which was introduced by the Andrews Labor government in 2016 to ensure that Koori Victorians achieve their learning aspirations. Senior Koori students have been mentored to complete Koori school-based traineeships that have led to employment with companies such as Qantas, ANZ bank and Australia Post. Guided by its Koori engagement support officer, the college has forged stronger connections with Koori families. I was very delighted to meet with the Koori students and staff who have made this program a success. I also had the pleasure of visiting the primary school P–6 campus of The Grange to observe the Hindi classes that are being offered at the school, along with the Consul General of India, Mr Raj Kumar, on 11 October. Hindi is one of the fastest growing languages in Victoria. Building a foundation of different languages among primary students will become a strength of Victoria. I was captivated by the excitement students showed towards formally learning the Hindi language that many of them speak in their homes. I thank The Grange for hosting me on both days and showing me how Victorian education has implemented sweeping cultural changes for the betterment of their students. I also hope that The Grange P–12 College wins a Victorian Education Excellence Award.