School hon­ours for­mer prin­ci­pal

Stirling Times - - Street Watch -

BANKSIA Montes­sori School in Dianella hon­oured its for­mer prin­ci­pal of 22 years with the launch of a new build­ing and na­ture­based play­ground last month.

The school also cel­e­brated its 20th an­niver­sary since mov­ing to Dianella from its orig­i­nal home in Yokine, where it first opened in 1982.

The new build­ing, which housed ad­min­is­tra­tion and a staff room, was named af­ter for­mer prin­ci­pal Emelinda Stephen.

Cur­rent prin­ci­pal Fleur Van Butze­laar paid tribute to her pre­de­ces­sor at the event at­tended by about 60 guests, who were treated to a per­for­mance by the Po­lice Pipe Band and stu­dents.

Mrs Stephen said the school was like her “sec­ond home” and she did not ex­pect to have a build­ing named af­ter her.

Prin­ci­pal Fleur Van Butze­laar with stu­dents Jada Gaudet, Ugo Vit­tino, Kor­ben Masil­a­mani and Alexia D’Er­cole.

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