SCHOOL GUTTED: The final school in the lower Richmond to go through a BER transformation is St Josephs Primary School in Woodburn. Photo Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times
SCHOOL GUTTED: The final school in the lower Richmond to go through a BER transformation is St Josephs Primary School in Woodburn. Photo Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times Samantha Elley

The revolution begins

IT IS the last school on the list in the Lower Richmond but St Josephs Primary School in Woodburn is finally being renovated as part of the Federal Government's Building Education Revolution.

"We are building a contemporary 21st century school," principal Janelle Heffernan said.

The entire school has moved out of its premises and is being housed in eight demountables - seven classrooms and one admin room - while work is progressing.

"We will be extending the COLA for more shade, each of the class rooms will have ducted air conditioning and the library will be double in size," assistant principal John Cocciola said.

The entry to the school will be more welcoming and appealing, according to Ms Heffernan.

"Instead of the front of the school looking like a delivery entry, it will look like a proper entrance," she said.

"There will also be landscaped gardens and we'll be more environmentally friendly with solar panels."

One area of concern for school staff was the pick-up and drop-off points of students and Ms Heffernan said this had also changed.

"The buses will drive in behind the church and pick up the kids in the front of the school building, then it will loop around," she said.

"There will also be a 'kiss-and-drop' point at the front of the school for parents driving their children in and picking them up.

"This is a huge improvement as there was a real concern for the safety of the kids."

The project is earmarked for completion on June 30.



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