New school off to a flying start
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.
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.