Ex­cite­ment build­ing


Kwinana Courier - - Front Page - Tim Slater

A NEW pri­mary school, ex­pected to cost $15.3 mil­lion and set to en­rol more than 230 stu­dents next year, is tak­ing shape in Wel­lard.

The school, near the Emer­ald Park Pri­vate Es­tate, is set to be com­pleted by Novem­ber, with all build­ings erected and the school oval be­ing de­vel­oped.

Foun­da­tion prin­ci­pal Ge­off Miller said the school com­mu­nity had put for­ward three names to the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter to con­sider but was not sure when a fi­nal de­ci­sion would be made.

Mr Miller said the school com­mu­nity had ap­plied to be­come an in­de­pen­dent pub­lic school and a steer­ing com­mit­tee rep­re­sent­ing the Wel­lard com­mu­nity had been formed.

“This com­mit­tee will over­see a raft of de­ci­sions as­so­ci­ated with open­ing a new school and will con­sult with the school com­mu­nity in seek­ing feed­back,” he said.

“The Wel­lard school com­mu­nity is very ex­cited about our new school and is look­ing for­ward to it open­ing at the be­gin­ning of 2018.

“Our pre­dicted en­rol­ment is 234 stu­dents.”

Mr Miller has more than 30 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in ed­u­ca­tion and was prin­ci­pal of the East Hamil­ton Hill Pri­mary School for 11 years be­fore be­ing ap­pointed Wel­lard’s foun­da­tion prin­ci­pal.

“My time at East Hamil­ton Hill Pri­mary School was ex­tremely re­ward­ing and cer­tainly im­proved my knowl­edge about how stu­dents learn best,” Mr Miller said.

He has also taught in sev­eral coun­try towns, start­ing at Kal­go­or­lie, fol­lowed by Port Hed­land, Dal­wallinu and Walpole.

East Hamil­ton Hill Pri­mary School was a fi­nal­ist in the 2015 Pri­mary School of the Year as part of the WA Ed­u­ca­tion Awards and ear­lier this year was ac­knowl­edged as an ex­em­plary school by the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Mr Miller said he was hon­oured to be the foun­da­tion prin­ci­pal.

“With the sup­port of the com­mu­nity I am rel­ish­ing the op­por­tu­nity to help es­tab­lish a dy­namic school,” he said.

Picture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d472391

Ge­off Miller will be the prin­ci­pal at the new pri­mary school in Wel­lard.

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