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New classrooms have students jumping for joy

STUDENTS at Waimea Heights Primary School are jumping for joy with the opening of two brand new general learning areas, enhancing the student experience.

Constructed by Maveric Builders, the new classrooms accommodate the school’s growing student population, which has been increasing steadily over the past six years.

Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer, who officially opened the new space, said the $1.4 million Liberal Hodgman Government construction provided students with purpose-built classrooms that would provide 21st century learning approaches.

“They will also ensure students enjoy plenty of natural light and heating,” she said.

“These spaces are very open and welcoming to students, parents and staff, and will be very comfortable places in which students will be able to undertake their learning activities.”

Built in 1953, Waimea Heights Primary School has been an integral part of its local Sandy Bay community for more than 60 years.

Today, the school facilities are utilised not only by school students, but by the wider community for sporting events, including soccer, tennis and cricket.

The grounds are also used for many family activities during weekends.

This important additional learning space at the school is expected to have a positive impact on the learning experiences of students into the future.

An art project by artist-in-residence Tony Bacic further enhances the learning space around the classrooms, featuring the three native animals that represent the school’s house teams – Layana (kangaroo), Rawita (wombat), and Padila (possum), with names taken from local Aboriginal languages.

Eight-year-olds Bridgette Lindsay, Tom Gartlan and Coco Pavlides were among the grade two students to move into the new classrooms.

“It’s a joint classroom and my teacher said that it’s the first two classrooms joined together, so it is really exciting,” Bridgette said.

Tom said it was much better with two rooms because he had “a lot of his friends around him.”

Coco said she was very excited because it was much better than their old classroom.

“The space is bigger and much more enjoyable,” she said.

“Two classes can all do lots of activities together, which will be heaps of fun.”

Caption: From left, Oliver Johnston, Bridgette Lindsay, Lizzie Bavage, Sadie Hardcastle, Coco Ellis, Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer, Coco Pavlides, Tom Gartlan, Sam Hodgson, Sam Geason.

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