Noranda: Camboon Primary School gets $250k to upgrade classrooms

Dylan Whyte, Callum Huppatz,  Samaja Miller and Tahlia Harris Picture: Kristie Lim
Dylan Whyte, Callum Huppatz, Samaja Miller and Tahlia Harris Picture: Kristie Lim

STUDENTS at Camboon Primary School will have access to upgraded classrooms and a shaded outdoor learning area at the start of the 2019 school year.

The State Government has given $250,000 towards construction works which include replacing old classroom concertina doors with sliding doors with whiteboard surfaces.

In the pre-primary outdoor area, several old pergolas will be removed in place of a paved and shaded outdoor learning space with seating.

A covered outdoor area will be constructed for upper primary students, including a limestone wall for seating.

Works have begun on the outdoor learning space while classroom upgrades will start next week.

Dylan Whyte, Callum Huppatz, Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson, principal Janice Cuculoska, Samaja Miller and Tahlia Harris. Picture: Kristie Lim

Principal Janice Cuculoska said the school’s classrooms – four of which did not have doors – had not been renovated since they were built in 1971.

“It is going to make a big difference to the noise aspect where kids will be able to concentrate and teachers won’t have to use their voice too much,” she said.

“Teachers can spend on furniture so they can rearrange their classrooms and we are really looking at flexible classrooms and learning spaces.

“We spent a lot of time this year with a consultant who have taught the stuff how to think differently about classrooms and not every child needs a desk.”

Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson said she was pleased to see the works start, after she helped deliver the election commitment.

“All of the schools in the area are about the same age, so in this new wave of education, we need to be redeveloping and supporting the schools in the north-east corridor that are around 50 years old,” she said.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said the upgrades would provide teachers with more flexible areas for lessons and inspire student collaboration and creativity in and out of the classroom.

“While we are committed to building new schools in growing areas, we are also investing in established schools so students can continue to learn in the best possible environments,” she said.