New school takes shape

FIRST 200 STU­DENTS NEXT YEAR

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THERE’S a brand new pri­mary school tak­ing shape in Piara Waters.

Go­ing un­der the plan­ning name of For­rest­dale South West Pri­mary School, the fa­cil­ity is set to open its doors to its first stu­dents at the start of the 2018 school year.

Prin­ci­pal Noel Mor­gan is head­ing up the new school, hav­ing pre­vi­ously been be­hind the suc­cess­ful start of Broome North Pri­mary in the Kim­ber­ley.

“It’s very unique start­ing a new school, it’s a real bucket list op­por­tu­nity for most prin­ci­pals,” Mr Mor­gan said. “It has your stamp all over it. Par­tic­u­larly in an in­de­pen­dent pub­lic school en­vi­ron­ment, we hand­pick all our staff and that con­tin­ues on through the de­vel­op­ment of the school, right down to choos­ing car­pet colours and in­ter­nal fit-out colours.”

The first stage of the school be­ing built is the kinder­garten and pre-pri­mary, with Years 1 to 6 to be built in time for the 2019 school year.

“Next year we’ll open with po­ten­tially 200 stu­dents,” Mr Mor­gan said.

“We have ca­pac­ity for 120 kindy and 80 pre-pri­mary.

“The school will have a to­tal ca­pac­ity of 750, with pur­pose-built build­ings for 550. I would ex­pect it would be a fairly rapid growth rate, be­cause it aligns with Piara Waters and Harrisdale.”

The com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion group is work­ing on the fi­nal name of the school, with a nearby street name ex­pected to be cho­sen.

“There’s Aspiri Pri­mary School, Ros­siter Pri­mary or Sun­ray, with Aspiri and Ros­siter the two pre­ferred names,” Mr Mor­gan said.

“It’ll be a very mul­ti­cul­tural com­mu­nity, with up to 52 dif­fer­ent lan­guage groups in the school. Our whole en­deav­our around plan­ning will cater a lot around that. We’ll re­cruit staff ac­cord­ingly to who have ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with mul­ti­cul­tural fam­i­lies.”

The new pri­mary school is at 440 Wright Road, Piara Waters.

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