PETER Moyes Anglican Community School students and staff celebrated the official opening of their $7.1 million school gymnasium on May 16.
The Mindarie school’s education, learning and recreational space has two indoor courts for basketball, netball, badminton and volleyball.
The 3120sq m building also has four classrooms, a fitness room, upper lobby with viewing area, four new outside tennis and netball courts, maintenance and storage areas, changerooms, servery, staff offices, and amenities.
Principal Julian Dowse said the gymnasium had been welcomed by students with much enthusiasm.
“The ability of students from primary to senior school to use the facilities of the gymnasium will be of significant benefit to them across their many years at the school,” he said.
“It also provides students and staff with an opportunity to pursue physical fitness, which is recognised as being central to academic success and personal health.
“The gymnasium also provides the school with a space where the whole school can meet.
“It is being used daily by students across all year groups for physical education studies as well as co-curricular sporting activities.”
There are also plans to make the gymnasium available to the local community.
“It is part of the school’s vision for our facilities to be used during the evenings and over weekends, not just by students during the school day,” Mr Dowse said.
“From next year, we would like the gymnasium to be available to the community to hire for special events and sports activities, just as our auditorium and conference rooms in the Allan Shaw Centre are currently used.”
Pearce MHR Christian Porter gave an opening ceremony address, saying it was the school gym with “the best view in the country”.
Guests included the Archbishop of Perth Roger Herft. Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts, Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard, school chairman John Filippone, Anglican Schools Commission chairwoman Barbara Godwin and chief executive Peter Laurence, as well as former students and principals from other schools.
Funding came from the Federal and State governments and the Anglican Schools Commission.