A giant thermometer has been set up outside the new Warrnambool Special Developmental School in a bid to draw attention to the school's latest fundraising mission.
While on track to move into its brand new multi-million facility early next year, the school has a long way to go to secure all the specialist equipment it needs.
The fundraising target thermometer starts at $100,000 and at the top, the $1 million fundraising goal.
"Although the school's been funded, to get all the specialist equipment we need to fundraise," chair of the school's community strengthening committee Kylie Gaston said.
"Some people in the community think it's all paid for but like any school, and this one in particular we have to fundraise for special equipment.
"That's why the thermometer is there, to show how much we are raising. Our goal is $1 million, that would go a long way."
The new seven-hectare school site on Wollaston Road boasts rolling hills and fronts the Merri River.
The school hopes to pay for a number of additional facilities with the funds raised, including an oval, updated classroom technology and a gym.
"There's no school oval included in the build and the technology within the classrooms needs to be upgraded from the existing site, so that's another thing that's going to run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars," school council president Jay Everall said.
"It's a beautiful new school, but there's a lot of extra things that we are needing."
The school has raised around $200,000 so far which took around nine months work.
"We are asking the public, community groups, rotary clubs, anyone to pitch in," principal Robert Dowell said.
"The buildings are done, and they are lovely and beautiful, but there's still a fair bit to raise.
"We've got a basketball court but no oval, and it's costly to do an oval.
"We will not move in until next year, we really need to use term four to get everything all ready."
They have big future aspirations, including a cafe and horse riding.
Moyne Shire councillor Jill Parker is also on the fundraising committee. Of the 160 students at the school, around a quarter are from the shire.
"We think this has the wonderful potential to be a centre of excellence and a driver for people to move to the region, so their kids can get the care they need," she said.
"This is a wonderful asset for our region."
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