Students thrive at Kongwak
KONGWAK Primary School has quashed rumours the school may close by confirming the small facility is still buzzing with activity.
Inverloch/Kongwak Primary School principal Wendy Caple said the primary school was still viable and its bubbly atmosphere was well maintained by its 22 students.
Two teachers work with the junior and senior students, with Inverloch Primary School’s physical education (PE) teacher Jesse Boyd and Spanish teacher Jacqui Castillo also working between both schools to ensure Kongwak students don’t miss out on educational opportunities.
“It is a lovely, family friendly school and the students really benefit from the extra one on one time with their teacher,” Ms Caple said.
“They have an excellent multipurpose facility which includes two large classrooms, a staffroom, an undercover play area, a playground, a fabulous vegetable garden and a chook shed.”
The mobile library also visits the school to keep the students’ reading options broad. All students who attend Kongwak Primary School receive the same school curriculum as other schools in Victoria.
Parent Michelle Matthews said academically, parents could not ask for a better learning environment.
“Riley (Michelle’s son) started Prep at Kongwak in 2015 and has absolutely thrived at the school,” Ms Matthews said.
“The teachers are absolutely devoted to the children’s education and wellbeing. The school offers a real sense of community with close bonds formed between students, teachers and parents.”
Though the transition from primary school to high school can be confronting – even more so after attending a small primary school – Kongwak students are well equipped for the years ahead, as they often attend excursions, camps and other activities with the Inverloch Primary School students.
“Socially, the children benefit from frequent visits to the Inverloch Primary School to join in various celebrations, sporting events and school camps,” Ms Matthews said.
“I believe the high level of education offered at this school will be a great advantage for students taking the next step to secondary education.
“Riley truly loves his school and it is heart warming to hear a child say that about their school.”
There is plenty of space for children to play at recess and lunchtime and each child has access to a computer.
The school also provides an excellent opportunity for the older children to take on a major leadership role to help build up the younger students, as they are able to spend more one on one time together as well.
“Our school is certainly still buzzing and thriving,” Ms Caple said.
“We are open to more enrolments and everyone is welcome to come take a look at our school.”
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