Starting the school year for the first time will be extra special for more than 85 Kindergarten and Pre-primary students at Southern Grove Primary School.
They will be the first students to attend the brand new school, which is opening with temporary facilities ahead of the completion of permanent buildings in 2019.
Education Minister Sue Ellery toured the school grounds with Member for Southern River Terry Healy, principal Rebecca Burns, local families and school staff at the primary school’s open day on January 28.
Students and parents were given the opportunity to meet their teachers, see their classrooms, and become familiar with their new surroundings.
Each of Southern Grove Primary School’s temporary classrooms is fully equipped with air conditioning and a shaded wraparound veranda.
A play space including a nature play area, sandpits and a bike path will allow children to embrace the outdoors and there will be another temporary building for administration as well as a car park, along with storage sheds, staff toilets, and cleaning and gardening facilities.
Construction of the main school will begin next month, and will be completed for the start of the 2019 school year when students from Kindergarten to year six will be welcomed.
Ms Burns said they have been given a unique opportunity to start at a brand new school and be able to build relationships and develop the vision of the school community.
“At Southern Grove Primary School we’re looking forward to developing a sense of community,” she said.
“Together, our students can grow to achieve their full potential.”
Mr Healy said students at Southern Grove Primary School would enjoy a brand new school with nature play areas and modern equipment and technology.
“They have a fantastic principal who is very eager to develop a love of learning and independence through personalised teaching and learning,” he said.
“This school promises to become the heart of the local area, with a strong sense of community and excellent facilities to ensure local kids get the best possible education.”
Ms Ellery said the first day of school would be extra special at Southern Grove Primary School this year when the doors are opened for the very first time.
“With increasing student enrolments in the local area, Southern Grove Primary School will help ease pressure on existing local primary schools,” she said.
“It will also provide an excellent education, in a first class facility, for local students.”