It was an exciting start to the school year for the students, teachers and staff of the Margaret River Independent School, thanks to the arrival of a flock of new students and the news that the school will receive a boost to the campus this year.
According to Independent School Principal Wendy Roediger, the school secured a $100,000 Capital Grant from the Federal Government to go towards the construction of two new classrooms in 2018.
“The new classrooms will accommodate the expansion of the school into single stream classes as Margaret River Independent School enters its 37th year of operation,” she said.
Local MP, Nola Marino visited the school, just south of Margaret River townsite last week to meet with Ms Roediger and Independent School Chairperson Lyn Serventy.
“This is a wonderful milestone to have reached for a school formed by a handful of visionary parents” said Ms Roediger.
“Lyn Serventy was one of those parents instrumental in establishing the school back in 1981.
“Her involvement has come full circle with her children and grandchildren also attending the school.” The new classrooms are expected to be completed mid-year and will form part of a quadrangle of classrooms around the Art/Science Room.
Parental help will be called upon to fit-out the classrooms once construction is complete, to assist with keeping the finishing costs down.
The school also welcomed the arrival of 15 new kindergarten students last week as they bade farewell to their 2017 graduates who moved on to Margaret River Senior High School.
What can often be a scary time for the smallest students went off this year without a hitch.
“The transition to kindergarten went smoothly and the children are settled and happy,” said Ms Roediger.
Former Margaret River Independent School students Eli Pruin, Sholto Armstrong and Zoe McKenzi, Kareena Munnich Trezise, Billy Freeman and Maya Gourlay were all looking forward to a busy year of learning, new friends and new experiences as they navigate the world of secondary school.
The group of six students graduated from their primary school late last year and earlier this month began their first year of high school at the senior campus.
Source: Margaret River Mail.