THERE’S a brand new primary school taking shape in Piara Waters.
Going under the planning name of Forrestdale South West Primary School, the facility is set to open its doors to its first students at the start of the 2018 school year.
Principal Noel Morgan is heading up the new school, having previously been behind the successful start of Broome North Primary in the Kimberley.
“It’s very unique starting a new school, it’s a real bucket list opportunity for most principals,” Mr Morgan said. “It has your stamp all over it. Particularly in an independent public school environment, we handpick all our staff and that continues on through the development of the school, right down to choosing carpet colours and internal fit-out colours.”
The first stage of the school being built is the kindergarten and pre-primary, with Years 1 to 6 to be built in time for the 2019 school year.
“Next year we’ll open with potentially 200 students,” Mr Morgan said.
“We have capacity for 120 kindy and 80 pre-primary.
“The school will have a total capacity of 750, with purpose-built buildings for 550. I would expect it would be a fairly rapid growth rate, because it aligns with Piara Waters and Harrisdale.”
The community consultation group is working on the final name of the school, with a nearby street name expected to be chosen.
“There’s Aspiri Primary School, Rossiter Primary or Sunray, with Aspiri and Rossiter the two preferred names,” Mr Morgan said.
“It’ll be a very multicultural community, with up to 52 different language groups in the school. Our whole endeavour around planning will cater a lot around that. We’ll recruit staff accordingly to who have experience working with multicultural families.”
The new primary school is at 440 Wright Road, Piara Waters.