Pakenham's got a great range of schools inc private & public options. I went to primary school at St. Patricks and high school at Beaconhills. Both were very good but have upgraded significantly since I was last there. There have been good things said about Pakenham Consolidated Primary and Pakenham Hills Primary, however. There are a few new schools in the area such as Heritage Primary, and Lakeside Lutheran (which is an exceptionally friendly school). You also have the option of Pakenham Secondary College which is the oldest, and most well-known high school in the area. I've probably missed a few but you certainly have options.