Victoria's first 'vertical' primary school has welcomed students as almost a million children across the state start classes for the new year.
South Melbourne Primary School will cater for more than 500 students from prep to year 6, in a five-storey, custom-designed building to maximise space on a tight land allotment.
Premier Daniel Andrews visited the school on Tuesday and says it will help students strive in the 21st century.
"The state's first vertical government school will provide a stimulating learning environment that will unlock the kind of critical and creative thinking our young people will need for the future," he said.
Victoria's school enrolments stand at 927,700 for 2018, with 11 new schools, mostly in Melbourne, opening in January to cater for growing demand.
"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," Education Minister James Merlino said.
BACK TO SCHOOL IN VICTORIA:
* Of Victoria's 972,700 students, more than 600,000 go to state schools.
* More than 80,200 prep students begin class from Tuesday.
* High school begins for 72,900 Year 7 students.
* 11 new schools open in 2018.