Young stu­dents split away

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Kristie Lim

HARRISDALE Pri­mary School has been forced to open a sec­ond cam­pus for early child­hood stu­dents after just four years of op­er­a­tion.

Works started on the B Hive cam­pus site last month, with con­struc­tion ex­pected to be com­pleted in De­cem­ber.

For some par­ents with mul­ti­ple young chil­dren, it could mean dou­ble dropoffs and pick-ups each day and a drive of about five min­utes be­tween the two sites.

The Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion an­tic­i­pates about 280 kinder­garten and pre-pri­mary stu­dents will at­tend the new cam­pus in Wright Road in 2020.

There are cur­rently 1158 stu­dents from kinder­garten to year 6 en­rolled at Harrisdale Pri­mary School.

Com­mu­nity News re­ported in March last year that the school had among the high­est num­bers of de­mount­able class­rooms in the state, with 24, to cater for its ex­treme growth.

Depart­ment in­fra­struc­ture ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor John Fis­cher said the school was very pop­u­lar and had ex­pe­ri­enced a big in­crease in stu­dent num­bers since it opened in 2016.

“The Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion held a meet­ing for lo­cal par­ents in early July to in­form them about the changes and also pro­vided them with a fact sheet,” he said.

“The fa­cil­i­ties (B Hive cam­pus) will be an an­nexe of Harrisdale Pri­mary School for as long as re­quired.

“This new early child­hood an­nexe will ease de­mand for class­room space at Harrisdale.”

A new school in Harrisdale north set to open in 2021 is ex­pected to relieve pres­sures on stu­dent num­bers in the longer term.

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