Kalamunda school delighted to open new classroom

KALAMUNDA Christian School’s new classroom was officially opened yesterday by Social Services Minister and Pearce MHR Christian Porter.

Funded by the Federal Government and Swan Christian Education Association (SCEA), the new building will house two Year 4 classes and has tutorial rooms and music rooms plus another breakout space.

Principal Michelle Cockrell said she was delighted with the addition.

“There is considerable evidence highlighting the relationship between the physical characteristics of school buildings and the spaces within them and educational outcomes,” she said.

“The amount of space a child will need varies with the activity, such as reading, writing, working or simply listening. Therefore, any building ideally needs to be able to accommodate instruction, experimentation and group-related activities.”

The school’s early learning centre playground is also being redesigned, thanks to help from parents.

“We initially had a few mums with children in the early years looking for a worthwhile project into which they could invest their energy, passion and money raised by fundraising efforts,” Ms Cockrell said.

“What started out as a few mud kitchens and stepping stones has now evolved into a grand design which includes multiple play areas, a beautiful mural designed and painted by Margaret River resident Rebecca Cool and an old climbing frame that has been transformed into a pirate, with a telescope, steering wheel and mast.”

“There is a definite sense of community surrounding this project that has blown me away.”