New Alkimos school’s principal adding a touch of class


Michelle Wellsteed.
Picture: Martin Kennealey
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MICHELLE Wellsteed is excited about spending the next six months preparing for the first cohort of students at a new school.

Ms Wellsteed is taking on her second role as a foundation principal in Alkimos.

She said she set up Spring Hill Primary School in Tapping about six years ago and “thought it was time for a new challenge”.

She joined the Education Department more than three decades ago and has worked in the northern suburbs since 1994 after several years in Bunbury.

After her first site tour of the school on Fairy Parade last week, Ms Wellsteed said she was excited to see the bright colours in the design.

“They have put a lot of thought into the layout,” she said.

“We’ve got some turquoise and yellow and orange in there. It’s bright, colourful and will create a sensational environment.”

Designed by Mode Design and Cameron Chisholm Nicol, the state school is one of the first in WA to be built under a public-private partnership with EduWest – comprised of Macquarie Capital Group, Badge Constructions, Perkins and Spotless Facility Services.

Features of the school will include an extra teaching block, naturescape playground for the early years and hard courts.

Ms Wellsteed said she was excited about the sustainability features at the school and surrounding area, such as the gardens and solar panels.

“It’s going to have a beautiful vista once they put the gardens through,” she said.

“I’ve got lots of ideas, but obviously there are lots of ideas I need to work on with the community. It needs to reflect what we really want for our students; it’s really important that we are developing independent and resilient learners.”

Currently operating under the ‘south west Alkimos primary school’ planning name, Ms Wellsteed said she would consult the community about choosing a name, as well as the uniform colours, logo and motto. She said she also wanted community input on whether to apply for independent public school status before it opens in February 2017.

A parents meeting will be held at Alkimos Primary School, Benenden Avenue, from 4.30pm on August 11. Visit the ‘South west Alkimos primary school – planning name’ Facebook page or call 9285 3681.

Intake area

From 2017, the south west Alkimos primary school intake area will include developed areas of Alkimos Beach, Shorehaven and Amberton estates.

Undeveloped areas covered by the intake area include land west of Marmion Avenue, north of the Santorini Promenade junction, extending up to Pipidinny Road.

It also includes land east of Marmion Avenue from Romeo Road to Pipidinny Road, ending at the proposed route of future Mitchell Freeway extensions.