CONSTRUCTION is now underway at Lenah Valley Primary School as part of a major $3 million State Government capital works project.
The redevelopment, which was awarded to Tasmanian business Fairbrother Pty Ltd, will see the construction of a number of new facilities to accommodate the ongoing increase in the school’s student population.
This includes general learning areas, staff and support spaces and the refurbishment of out-dated buildings.
Lenah Valley Primary School acting principal Gayleen Hall said enrolment figures at the school had increased steadily during the past four-years.
“We now have 531 students, with a further 137 children attending our Launch into Learning sessions,” she said.
“Our projections are that this trend will continue with an increase in kindergarten enrolments.
“By the end of the capital works, there will be five new multi-purpose, 21st century general learning areas and two newly refurbished general learning areas.
“These newly created spaces will be used as state-of-the-art classrooms and have been designed to provide flexibility and collegiality.”
Ms Hall said the State Government funding was essential to allow the school to meet the needs of its community.
“The new learning spaces will allow us to provide targeted, explicit, data-driven teaching to accommodate the needs of each and every one of our students,” she said.
Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer paid a visit to the school recently to inspect the progress of the building works.
Ms Archer said this capital works project was one of the many the Tasmanian Government was undertaking across the state as part of the biggest investment in government school infrastructure in 20-years.
“This comprehensive investment in education will see Tasmanian schools around the state benefiting from construction projects totalling more than $110 million over four-years,” she said.
“This will build Tasmania’s education future by ensuring schools have high-quality learning facilities, while also driving economic growth and creating local jobs from planning through to the construction phase.
“Students having access to a modern learning environment builds pride and engagement within their school, as well as supports 21st century learning, setting students up to continually succeed in their education.”
Caption: From left, Fairbrother foreman Dave De Jong with Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer and Lenah Valley Primary School acting principal Gayleen Hall.