The first day of primary school is a big deal –even more so when it’s the first day for students and the school alike.

Tarneit Rise Primary School opened its doors for the first time on Monday, welcoming 195 pupils across prep to grade 2, including four sets of twins.

Principal Nadia Bettio said the first day was all smooth sailing.

“It’s been amazing – seeing the kids come in with their uniforms and smiles, with their parents and grandparents,” she said.

Ms Bettio said the school, which will accept all year levels from next year onwards, could currently accommodate up to 475 students, but was expected to expand to fit 800 in the next couple of years.

She said the school had also received funding for netball courts and a synthetic soccer pitch for use by the school and local community and sports groups.

Meanwhile, site preparation works have started on Truganina East P-9 school ahead of its opening for the 2019 school year, with construction to begin later this month.

Truganina East, located along Elmhurst Road in Truganina, will have capacity for 675 students from prep to year 9.

Tarneit MP Telmo Languiller said the new school was designed in consultation with local residents.

“Truganina P-9 will be more than just a great new local school when it opens next year,” he said.

“It will be a hub that provides great services and facilities that everyone in the Truganina community can be proud of.”