Kalamunda Christian School’s new teaching block has been officially opened in a ceremony at the School on Monday 26th of October.
Funded by both the Australian Government and Swan Christian Education Association (SCEA), the new building will be used to house two classes, tutorial rooms and music rooms as well as providing a break out space.
“We are delighted with this addition to our beautiful school grounds,” said Kalamunda Christian School Principal, Mrs. Michelle Cockrell.
“There is considerable evidence highlighting the relationship between the physical characteristics of school buildings, and the spaces within them, and educational outcomes.
“The amount of space a child will need varies with the activity, such as reading, writing, working or simply listening. Therefore, any building ideally needs to be able to accommodate instruction, experimentation, and group related activities.
“We are particularly excited about the flexibility and collaboration the break out spaces and tutorial rooms will offer,” she said.
Mrs. Cockrell, along with Deputy Chair of the SCEA Board, Mr. Clinton Bradbury, unveiled the building’s plaque and declared it open.
In a statement, the Hon Simon Birmingham, Federal Minister for Education and Training, congratulated Kalamunda Christian School on the opening of new facilities.
“A good education is critical in giving young people the opportunity to achieve personal success and contribute to our nation,” said Senator Birmingham.
“Thank you to the Kalamunda Christian School Staff for your efforts and commitment to improving opportunities for your students.
“The Government looks forward to continuing to work with the teachers, students, and wider school community so that students have the facilities to succeed in their chosen field of endeavor and reach their full potential,” he said.
The ceremony was opened in Prayer by Mr. Matthew Pendal, and Mr. Rob Edkins delivered an address on behalf of Senator Birmingham and local MP Christian Porter. Both are Parents of the School Committee and are among many passionate parents closely involved with projects at the School.
The shared learning space in the new classroom block is already put to good use, with the building hosting a book sale this week.
Kalamunda Christian School’s Early Learning Centre playground is also being redesigned, led by efforts of the School’s Parents.
“We initially had a few mums with children in the early years looking for a worthwhile project into which they could invest their energy, passion and money raised by Fundraising efforts,” said Mrs. Cockrell.
“What started out as a few mud kitchens and stepping stones has now evolved into a grand design, which includes multiple play areas, a beautiful mural designed and painted by Margaret River resident, Rebecca Cool, and an old climbing frame that has been transformed into a pirate, with a telescope, steering wheel and mast!
“There is a definite sense of community surrounding this project that has blown me away,” continued Mrs. Cockrell.
“We have had parents donating their time, skills, muscles, trees, decking, piping, bobcats and so much more. It is a testimony to our parents that they feel it’s important enough to spend their time on,” she said.
To reserve a place for your child in our nurturing Kalamunda Christian School community, phone 9291 8749.