Kinglake Education Getting Back On Its Feet

Kinglake Education Getting Back On Its Feet

Victoria Minister for Education Martin Dixon

Victoria Minister for Children & Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell

Middle Kinglake Children Celebrate New School Facilities

Victor P Taffa

Kinglake’s young residents will be the biggest winners from two buildings officially opened in the town today.

Minister for Education Martin Dixon opened the new $3.4 Million Middle Kinglake Primary School, rebuilt after the previous school was destroyed in the Victorian 2009 bushfires.

Minister Dixon said the opening was a significant milestone in the community’s recovery from the 2009 bushfires.

Students had been attending temporary facilities at the Kinglake Recreational Reserve but moved into the new school, consisting of six state-of-the-art classrooms and recreational facilities, at the beginning of this term.

 

“The most important part of today’s opening is seeing children back in permanent settings enjoying their education.” Mr. Dixon said.

“Part of the recovery for communities affected by Black Saturday is ensuring children and families regain a sense of normality by having somewhere safe and familiar to go.” Mr. Dixon said.

Minister for Children & Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell also opened the $3.5 Million Kinglake Ranges Children’s Centre, which is in the same precinct and will provide a convenient one-stop shop for parents.

“The Kinglake Ranges Children’s Centre accommodates up to 120 children in kindergarten and long day care programs, while also providing maternal and child health services.” Ms. Lovell said.

“The Kinglake community has worked extremely hard in the planning and development of the Kinglake Ranges Children’s Centre, ensuring current and future community needs will be met.”

 

VIC Minister for Children & Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell

VIC Minister for Children & Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The result is a great facility that will provide convenient access to early childhood services and promote community engagement.” Ms. Lovell said.

Middle Kinglake Primary School Principal Janette Cook said students loved their new premises and felt they were moving home.

“They are enjoying the open play areas, with lots of spaces to sit down or run around. The undercover playgrounds are a big hit and the outside learning areas attached to the classrooms are popular as well.” Ms. Cook said.

“We’ve had the opportunity to watch the school being built since May last year and had a couple of chances to visit before moving in it’s been a fantastic start to the 2011 school year.”

The school and children’s centre and a new adjoining multi-purpose building are part of the $12 Million Middle Kinglake Primary School Education and Community Recreation Precinct, which has received funding from the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund, and will also be home to several other facilities to be officially opened at a later date.

The Precinct was built on land generously donated by local farmers Joe and Elaine Exton and family.

Mr. Dixon also toured nearby Kinglake Primary School and the newly rebuilt Marysville Primary School and Early Childhood Learning Centre.