First day of school, for all

There were bellies full of butterflies on Tuesday at Morwell Central Primary School, and not just from the students.

The school’s 68 staff members were also full of nerves; the accumulation of 10 years of work was finally here.

At 8.30am the first bell rang and 410 students, including 61 preps donning sparkly new navy and yellow uniforms, packed the hallways.

Day one of the Latrobe Valley’s newest school, merging Commercial Road, Tobruk Street and Morwell primary schools, was now in session.

Principal Justine Smyth said the day had been a long time coming.

Initial plans for the $10.45 million school were mooted back in 2007, however construction at the McDonald Street site did not begin until 2015.

Ms Smyth said Tuesday’s opening marked a new chapter in Morwell education.

“Our history as three individual schools is a part of us, but it’s a new beginning as Morwell Central. It’s time to create new memories,” she said.

Despite the initial jitters Ms Smyth said the day went “smoothly”, with staff and students transitioning well.

Education Minister James Merlino officially opened the school yesterday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.