in for Parents
Sunday Times January 27, 2002
Story by Graham Mason
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.
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,”
”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
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
”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.”