Baldivis: Makybe Rise Primary up to 27 transportable classrooms

Makybe Rise Primary School has 27 transportables but is not experiencing overcrowding, according to principal Steph McDonald.
Makybe Rise Primary School has 27 transportables but is not experiencing overcrowding, according to principal Steph McDonald.

TWO public primary schools in the region have more than 20 transportable classrooms.

Makybe Rise Primary School in Baldivis has 27 transportable classrooms and Comet Bay Primary School has 22.

Despite the vast number of temporary classrooms to cater for student numbers, Makybe Rise principal Steph McDonald said the school was not experiencing overcrowding.

“Our school was designed so that transportable classrooms have never encroached on any student play areas,” she said.

“We have four playgrounds, basketball courts, cricket nets and an oval.

“We also have open grassed areas with plenty of space for children to run, as well as quiet space for children to sit and talk.”

She said the school staff had been proactive in training student ‘playground champions’ who supported other children at playtimes to find friends to play with, start games such as handball, table tennis, basketball, football and athletics, and moderate low-level disagreements.

“Our school is well known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere and our children are thriving in a school community that ensures every child experiences success,” she said.

Comet Bay principal Matt Osborne said as the school had a large number of students, he managed the school’s infrastructure and programs strategically.

“For example, we have two assemblies to cater for all students,” he said.

He said the Comet Bay Primary School annexe two kilometres away had five buildings and catered for 100 kindergarten students.

“Extra car parking is being planned for our main school site later this year,” he said.

He expected student numbers to remain fairly stable in the near future and slowly decline in years to come.