Tuesday was a special day for the Rapids Landing community as the primary school was officially opened.
The $17.1 million school has welcomed more than 140 students at the start of the 2018 school year with the aim for modern learning.
The school’s facilities are for kindergarten to Year 6 students and includes 12 general classrooms, three early childhood classrooms, a library, art and craft room, covered assembly area, music room, dental therapy unit and canteen.
Students also have the use of hardcourts and a shared school and community oval.
The setup of the school had strong community support, ensuring broader involvement in creating the school’s vision and opportunities to meet the diverse needs and interests of students and the community.
The school leadership team, school board, P&C and the broader community were able to contribute to the design of the logo and uniform, and naming the teaching blocks after favourite local beaches and school factions after local caves.
Education and training minister Sue Ellery officially opened the school and said it was a dynamic environment with a strong sense of community for the students.
“Staff worked with parents even before the school opened to ensure they had a shared vision to provide students with the best opportunities, especially in the early years,” she said.
In another boost for the South-West region, construction of Margaret River Senior High School’s $30 million expansion will begin in May.
The first stage of works will include a double-storey building with 16 classrooms, a science block with five laboratories, a sports hall, fitness centre and change rooms.