New Meadow Springs primary school opens this week


Twins Kenzie and Charlie Atkinson (5), and Roxy and India Murphy (3) with principal Will Davis.
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Twins Kenzie and Charlie Atkinson (5), and Roxy and India Murphy (3) with principal Will Davis. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d478400

IT is a family affair at Oakwood Primary, with two sets of twins eager to start at Meadow Springs’ new local public school this Wednesday.

Singleton three-year-olds Roxy and India Murphy will be starting kindergarten together, while Meadow Springs twins Charlie and Kenzie Atkinson (both five) will begin their studies in the same pre-primary class.

According to father of three and Oakwood principal Will Davis, kindergarten and pre-primary enrolments already total 115, more than the school’s predicted initial enrolment of 105.

“We’ve got Madora Bay, San Remo and part of Meadow Springs,” he said.

“We also have some kids coming from Lakelands too because there was no space at Lakelands Primary for them, so they’re enrolled in kindy.”

Then-education minister Peter Collier told the Times in January last year the new school would cater for increasing student enrolments in growing areas and the school would ease enrolment pressure.

“By us taking Madora Bay and San Remo students from Lakelands Primary, they will be able to take more enrolments as the suburb of Lakelands spreads further north,” Mr Davis said.

“Kindy is almost full and we’ve almost reached capacity but we have a few spaces left in pre-primary

“We’re still getting inquiries with enrolments, so it may rise even further.”

Mr Davis was previously principal at a school in Karratha. He also spent part of his eight years in the WA public school system as deputy principal at a school in Tom Price. Before moving to WA, he taught for 12 years in the UK.

“My vision for the school is that the children are the heart of our school,” he said.

“Our school motto reads ‘learning with heart’, which relates to engendering a life-long learning for the kids.”