Paving the way to school heritage

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A unique fundraising project at Virginia Primary School will see past and present students, staff and families’ names honoured along the school’s pathways.

The school is hoping to raise funds for ICT improvements by selling clay pavers with individual and family names inscribed on them.

VPS principal, Ilia Tsoutouras, said the school had a proud history and family and community associations were long and strong, and said he had only recently discovered his uncle attended the school.

“What’s most impressive is our ability as a school and community to hold onto our strong core values whilst still progressing and even being before our time in being highly targeted at working to improve individual student learning outcomes,” Mr Tsoutouras said. “As a school we have been thinking about ways for current/ past scholars and people who have had an association with the school in some capacity to leave a more permanent reminder of the contribution they have had in making our school such a great place.”

The fundraising effort is also an opportunity for the school to further enhance its grounds and facilities, he said.

One family keen to take up the option is the Wilsons.

Three generations of them have either attended, taught or worked at the school. Denise Wilson is currently the school’s administration and IT school services officer, and has worked at the site since 1988.

Her daughter, Kylie Wilson, and son Andrew both attended the school, Kylie even taught there for a while.

Now, Denise’s granddaughter, Grace, is a Reception student.

“It will be a lovely way for students to see the amount of people who have been here in the past,” Denise said.

“Quite often we have second and third generations of families coming through and it’s just lovely, I think, for the students to see the manes of people from their families around the school.”

The fundraiser will be on-going next year, so drop into the school’s office to collect a form on contact them direct on 8380 9292.

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