By Stephen Cauchi
22 March 2022
Hume Anglican Grammar has begun building a new $40 million campus at Kalkallo, 33 kilometres north of Melbourne.
It’s set to cater for record demand in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.
The new $40 million campus, which will cover prep to grade six, will join the school’s existing campuses at Mt Ridley and Donnybrook.
Stage one of the new campus is planned to open for students in term one of 2023, with completion expected in 2027.
Hume Anglican principal Bill Sweeney said the build aimed to cater for increasing enrolment demand from families in Melbourne’s north.
Mr Sweeney said that in 2022, Hume Anglican took in 233 new prep students, one of the highest intakes for an independent school in Victoria, and the highest for an Anglican school.
The new campus will include four separate learning “neighbourhoods”, a resource centre, multipurpose hall, outdoor hardcourts, soccer pitch, cricket nets and playgrounds.
Students currently enrolled from prep to grade two at the Donnybrook campus will relocate to the new campus in 2023, while the campus will also welcome 84 new prep students.
The school plans to reach its full capacity as a prep to grade six campus by 2026.
Mr Sweeney said the Kalkallo campus offered the school an expansive three-hectare site near existing campuses in Mickleham and Donnybrook.
He said all students enrolled at Kalkallo would be guaranteed entry into secondary education at Hume Anglican upon the completing of grade six.
“We anticipate demand for enrolment at our Kalkallo Campus to be equally as strong as existing demand at both our Mt Ridley [Mickleham] and Donnybrook campuses,” he said.