STUDENTS at Terang College are the big winners from a $4.2 million redevelopment.
The upgrade of the Strong Street campus was officially opened yesterday. Principal Adam Box said it was the culmination of three years' work.
The work replaced portable classrooms with a permanent open-plan school building which will be utilised by grades 5 and 6 . The project also included a new science centre.
Mr Box said the open-plan building provided more flexibility for students.
"There was a lot of negativity about the Building Education Revolution program but our school couldn't be better," he said. "We got exactly what we want. It leads to more staff planning and flexibility for the kids to go in between classrooms.
"The kids have been really responsive. The kids and staff have been involved more than ever."
Corangamite mayor Matt Makin praised the school for its hard work and urged the students to enjoy their new classrooms.
The P-12 school has 400 students and the new building can accommodate the equivalent of three classes, or 70 children.
The project was part of $35 million set aside at south-west primary schools under the federal government program.