New school off to a fly­ing start

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MORE than 240 chil­dren are ex­pected to start at Alki­mos Beach Pri­mary School to­mor­row, with en­rol­ments for the new school still “walk­ing through the door” last week.

Foun­da­tion prin­ci­pal Michelle Well­steed said en­rol­ment num­bers had con­tin­ued to grow in the lead-up to the Fe­bru­ary 1 start.

“We’ve got en­rol­ments com­ing through the door as we speak,” she told the Times last week.

Ms Well­steed said 22 teach­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tive staff were look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing the first co­hort of stu­dents.

“Every­one is re­ally ex­cited; the school is look­ing great,” she said.

“Teach­ers are out at the mo­ment set­ting up class­rooms; the class­rooms are look­ing sen­sa­tional.

“We are start­ing with 11 classes. We’ve got lots of things hap­pen­ing across Term 1, so it’s go­ing to be su­per du­per.”

Ms Well­steed said the Chan­nel Nine To­day Show would be at the school to­mor­row morn­ing, and the Surf Life Sav­ing WA he­li­copter would visit next month.

She said there would also be BeachSafe pre­sen­ta­tions and Year 2-6 stu­dents would par­tic­i­pate in a beach sur­vival pro­gram this term.

Ms Well­steed said the school would start with about 60 chil­dren in Kinder­garten.

“We’ve got a lot of young chil­dren com­ing into the school,” she said.

STU­ART Chisholm said staff are look­ing for­ward to the ar­rival of their first co­hort of stu­dents when school opens to­mor­row.

The Northshore Chris­tian Gram­mar School prin­ci­pal said he was look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing stu­dents to the learn­ing spa­ces at the Alki­mos school now that con­struc­tion had fin­ished.

“We’re very pleased with the way the con­cepts for the school have come to life,” he said.

“Ev­ery facet of the de­sign com­ple­ments learn­ing. It’s the re­sult of ed­u­ca­tors, re­searchers, ar­chi­tects and builders work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively.

“The vi­brant colour schemes of the build­ings cre­ate a dis­tinct sense of iden­tity for the early learn­ing cen­tre and pri­mary school build­ing.

“The flex­i­ble learn­ing spa­ces will com­ple­ment the learn­ing de­sign that our teach­ers are trained in.”

Stage one of the school in­cludes two play ar­eas, a grassed play space for pri­mary school stu­dents, a largescale out­door chess set and a hard court for bas­ket­ball and net­ball.

The school is run­ning a foun­da­tion schol­ar­ship pro­gram un­til mid-2017, val­ued at up to $2000 per fam­ily.

The school is open for Years K-6 this year and will grow each year through to Year 12, start­ing with Year 7 in 2018.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt­mu­ni­ d464607

Alki­mos Beach Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Michelle Well­steed with as­so­ciate prin­ci­pal Richard All­bury and teach­ing staff.

Northshore staff Sam Sheedy, Tanya Ni­c­hole, Richelle Schok­man, Melissa Carter, Mathilda Jou­bert and prin­ci­pal Stu­art Chisholm.

Ryan Abeleira and Piper Lewis.

Florence Pin­ney, Grace and Sally Gohnos.

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