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Campbell Primary School News

School’s in for Parents
The Sunday Times January 27, 2002
Story by Graham Mason

It looks like a community village than a primary school – and that’s the idea.

Next Monday, Campbell Primary School in Canning Vale will open its doors for the first time to 350 students.

The $5.2 million school will feature state-of-the-art computer work stations and notebook computers.

Parents of the children have had a huge say in the school from choosing the ochre and navy blue school uniforms to selecting the new principal.

Principal Peter Glendenning said he was as excited as most of the children about the first day of school.

”It’s a great opportunity and it has been a challenge working with the community and getting all the infrastructure in place,” he said.

”The next challenge for us is making this a fantastic primary school for all the students.”

Apart from the new facility at Canning Vale, Geographe, Kinross and Secret Harbour primary schools will all open for the first time on February 4.

More than $140 million will be spent on capital works in government schools this financial year.

Education Minister Alan Carpenter said the Gallop Government was committed to an impressive education capital works program.

”We will be spending increased amounts of capital works over the next three or four years,” he said.  Mr Carpenter said the finished Campbell Primary was the result of input from parents, the community as well as education officials.

”If you can involve the parents and the community in every aspect of the school in a constructive way then you are halfway home as far as the outcome for your children,” he said.

”It’s a fantastic thing for parents and it gives them a real sense of ownership of the school.”


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