October 06, 2020


“I am committed to working alongside the community to provide students with an engaging and inclusive school experience, so that they have every opportunity to succeed academically, socially and emotionally…

We continue to work towards developing our school logo and finalising our uniform. We are also looking forward to the completion of our amazing facilities.”

Cassandra Hoggins, 
Principal, Gaayip-Yagila Primary School

Gaayip-Yagila Primary School progress update!

Merrifield prepares to welcome its first students at Gaayip-Yagila Primary School in term 1 2021!

The Victorian Government recently announced Gaayip-Yagila Primary School as the chosen name for the brand-new school in Merrifield. The name comes from a local Aboriginal word meaning ‘coming together to learn’. The school name is pronounced “gaa-yip ya-gila.”

Gaayip-Yagila Primary School, located on the corner of St Georges Boulevard and Blackmore Road, is a purpose built, state of the art educational facility consisting of:

  • Two open plan, flexible and adaptive learning spaces
  • Science, food technology and visual arts spaces
  • Sport and Arts Centre, including a full-size competition court and performing arts space
  • Administration building
  • Playgrounds
  • Sports field
  • Outdoor multi-use court

A kindergarten (as part of Hume City Council’s brand new community centre opening mid next year) is located next door to Gaayip-Yagila Primary School. This will help local children make a smooth transition from pre-school and reduce the number of drop-offs for some parents with kinder and school-aged children.

Cassandra Hoggins has been appointed as the first principal of Gaayip-Yagila Primary School and she is excited to meet the community and welcoming them to the new school.
Cassandra Hoggins said enrolments are now open for Prep to Year 6.

For more enrolment information, please email Cassandra.Hoggins@education.vic.gov.au or call (03) 9216 3200. Stay informed and follow the school’s Facebook page all the latest updates.