DESPITE being established nearly 70 years ago, Doubleview Primary School is marking a new beginning.
Principal Greg Fisher said it felt like a “brand new school” since 400 students and staff moved into fresh facilities last year.
The existing school buildings were demolished and a $15.4 million school built at the adjacent site on Flamborough Street.
Education Minister Sue Ellery officially opened the rebuilt school this month and learnt about its programs, which include teaching students digital technologies, coding and online safety.
School features include classrooms across two storeys, a nature playground, technology lab, and separate area for Kindergarten to Year 1 students.
Mr Fisher said staff and students were enamoured with their new home.
“It’s purpose built for modern education,” he said.
“Everything is designed for modern kids.
“The kids interact with their environment better than they did at the old school.”
That includes several artistic installations, including a sculpture by artist Peter Zappa, that students often use as a climbing frame.
The International School of WA (ISWA) is moving from City Beach to the school’s former site, with the Doubleview campus opening in 2020.
Despite some concern from residents and parents, Mr Fisher was excited about ISWA’s arrival.
He said it would have educational benefits for students because they would have access to aspects of ISWA’s curriculum and additional resources.
“There’s lots of opportunity. It’s very advantageous for students to have this environment,” he said.