Monday marked the beginning of a new chapter for about 3000 children across Brimbank.
Alexis Guerra is one of 1500 Brimbank children beginning primary school this week and says she’s excited to start her education.
“I’m really looking forward to learning like the big kids do,” Alexis said.
While Alexis is excited about starting prep, her mother Bronte Guerra said it was a bittersweet occasion of letting go.
“It’s exciting to see her begin this phase of her life, but it’s also a little sad at the same time,” Ms Guerra said.
“She’s attending Keilor Primary School, which is where her father and I both went, so we know she’s going to a good school.”
But it’s not just primary school pupils starting this week.
About 1500 students will begin secondary school studies in Brimbank schools, while 1300 will begin their year 12 studies.
They join 20,100 students heading back to state schools across Brimbank this week.
This year 972,700 students will attend a Victorian school, with 543,200 enrolled for primary school and 412,200 attending secondary school.
About 80,200 will begin their education with prep studies.
Education Minister James Merlino wished all students well for the year ahead.
“We are making sure that every student can make the most of school and get the best start in life, regardless of their background or circumstance,” he said.
“I wish the 972,000 students heading to school this year all the best.”