Peter Carnley Anglican School set to open new Early Learning Centre in 2017


The Kwinana Christian School closed due to falling enrolments.
The Kwinana Christian School closed due to falling enrolments.

THE site of the former Kwinana Christian School looks likely to become the home of the Peter Carnley Early Learning Centre in 2017.

In a statement released by the Peter Carnley Anglican Community School Council, which bought the site from Churches of Christ in WA, the school said it was ‘hoped’ that this second centre would be established in 2017.

The Kwinana Christian School closed last year after enrolments dropped and the Department of Education flagged its intention to stop funding the school beyond 2015.

Peter Carnley Anglican Community School Council Chairman Keith Lindbeck said the current school was nearing capacity and the move would benefit all students.

“With space on the current Peter Carnley campus becoming increasingly tight, the opportunity to move up to 400 of our younger students to a special purpose Early Learning Centre will have significant benefits for the entire school and wider community,” he said.

“This development will be a major milestone in our already rich history and ensures the viability of PCACS as a significant educational provider in the area.”

The new, 1.2 hectare campus in Calista is located on the corner of Gilmore Avenue and Summerton Road and is 2km from PCACS in Wellard.

Existing facilities at the new site will be upgraded to suit the learning needs of early years students and will include an auditorium, general learning area classrooms, a junior art room, commercial kitchen, library, playgrounds and nature play areas.

“We will be making a number of exciting modifications to ensure the Early Learning Centre is ready for 2017, including classroom refurbishment and decoration, landscaping, playground enhancements, and the installation of digital learning technology,” said Mr Lindbeck.