Kids back school upgrade


Kids back school upgrade

Studying hard: Robbie, Taj, Nelson and Toby peruse the books yet to be shelved in the library.

TARWIN Lower Primary School’s new building will be opened with a community gathering on Wednesday, August 3.

The $850,000 building houses every one of the school’s 49 students, and features three classrooms and a shared area come library.

The open plan design allows students to mingle freely

Principal Sharyne Munday and others moved furniture and materials across to the new building over the school holidays, ready to open the classrooms to students at the start of term three.

“The whole idea is to have a learning space, not just confine the students to one classroom,” she said.

With large window and orientated to the north, the building is well lit by natural light, and decorated in cream and blue. Decks permit outdoor learning and rooms have interactive whiteboards – the latest in teaching technology.

The change is noticeable for Bev Mitchell-Symons, who has spent most of her extensive teaching career in portable classrooms.

“It’s just beautiful, it’s just a luxury. It’s not noisy. I like the openness and the fact you can see the kids in all directions,” she said.

“The heater comes on automatically before we get to school so it’s all warm when you get in.”

Students have approved of their new rooms.

Tess said: “I like the whiteboards because you can leave messages on them.”

Lachlan enjoys have drinking taps under cover and others mentioned they are now able to sit down to lunch together during wet weather.

“But we cannot get rid of the old traditions. We have an old bell that we ring by hand,” Ms Munday said.

The new building will enable a portable building with two classrooms to be removed, making way for the construction of a new office building, scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

Tarwin Lower Playgroup will relocate from the Venus Bay Community Centre to another building at the school, made available as a result of the new classrooms.

The playgroup room will also be available for general community use. Interested groups are invited to contact the school.

From this week, the school will host an Active After School Program, offering karate sessions on Tuesday and gymnastics on Thursdays to Tarwin Lower students. Those sessions will be staged in the new building.

The public is invited to a community opening at 10am on August 3, including morning tea. Former principal Walter Birkenbeil will return to open the building, after instigating the project while at the helm.

The building was funded by the Federal Government.

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