Named after the wife of 1800s pioneer William Brockman, Anne Hamersley boasts a dental hygiene centre, spacious school grounds |including ‘nature play’ areas and |a sports oval, and classrooms |fitted with ergonomic chairs and interactive whiteboards.
For principal Rod Simeons, Anne Hamersley is not the first new school he has been instrumental in opening.
“I set up nearby Aveley Primary School, which opened in 2012,” he said.
“I took on this role because there were things I thought could be improved and I could do them better here.”
Anne Hamersley is one of four new primary schools to open in WA this year and is the sixth primary school in Ellenbrook alone.
It is hoped the opening of Anne Hamersley – which has capacity for up to 450 students – will help ease the pressure for surrounding schools in Perth’s expanding northeast.
“The Government has a commitment to provide a primary school in each (Ellenbrook) village,” Mr Simeons said.
“Ellenbrook has the highest population growth rate in the country, so I expect there will be well over 300 students enrolled by the end of the year.”
The school project cost $16.8 million and according to Mr Simeons it was worth every cent.
“I just want to get it right for the children. I wanted to set up something that works, that’s my vision and aim. And I think I got it right here,” he said.