THE first stage of a private school is taking shape in eastern Alkimos, with an emphasis on spaces that make children feel at home.
De Francesch Building Company is building the Northshore Christian Grammar School, designed by Broderick Architects.
Architect Eamon Broderick said the objective was to design a school that created its own sense of space.
“Facilities have been designed to inspire a collaborative and modern learning approach, with open plan learning environments and integration of communication technologies,” he said.
“Northshore Christian Grammar School will be a significant architectural landmark for the community, with contemporary materials, engaging urban spaces and state-of-the-art collaborative learning environments.”
Principal Stuart Chisholm was appointed in March and started the role full-time this term – his third principal position and first as a foundation principal.
“The next six months before the school opens are about informing the community about opportunities that the school is going to provide for the community and the kids. Schools are integral in introducing people to their neighbours, getting kids to play together,” he said.
“More mums are back in the workforce, people are working longer hours – the time that kids are spending with us is probably on par with the time that they are spending at home.”
Mr Chisholm said the school was designed to make children “feel comfortable and at home”.
“It’s not going to be a factory line school with 30 chairs and tables – it’s going to reflect what they have at home,” he said.
To meet the needs of working families and provide stability for children, he said they would run a five-day as well as a three-day kindergarten program.
The school will open in 2017 with students from kindergarten to Year 6, and introduce the first high school year in 2018, then expand to Year 12.
“We are getting a lot of interest in Kindergarten and Year 7 for 2018,” Mr Chisholm said, adding that the interest in Years 1 to 3 had exceeded his expectations.
He said he would be looking at specialist subjects in coming months, including which languages and sports parents wanted, and recruiting staff.
Having recently advertised for an early childhood leader position, Mr Chisholm said the number of applications had been encouraging.
“It’s pleasing to see that there are so many quality educators wanting to be a part of it,” he said.
“We will be advertising quite a few roles between now and Christmas.”
The non-denominational school is part of the Swan Christian Education Association and located on Scotthorn Drive, Alkimos.