$1m school upgrade starts

Work has finally started on Two Wells Primary School’s $1 million STEM project.

The school was one of 139 schools across the state to benefit from a $250 million state government investment announced last year, with each site set to refurbish and redevelop learning facilities for the delivery of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

TWPS principal, Lynda Fitzpatrick-Brown, has welcomed the start of the project, saying the school’s already strong science focus will continue to grow as a result of the improvements and other technology and maths programs will benefit significantly.

“We’re refurbishing the hall and creating an open plan space that facilitates collaborative, hands-on learning opportunities for students,” Mrs Fitzpatrick Brown said.

“It will be an area used by all of the students and staff and the facility is going to build on our already well-established successful science program.”

The hall’s heating and cooling systems will be replaced, outside verandahs added and landscaping done to complement the building.

“Inside, it’s going to be so colourful and funky, unlike any other space we’ve got on site,” Mrs Fitzpatrick-Brown added. “It will really engage the kids.”

An outside classroom or learning area will also be created as part of the project and $75,000 of the funding has been assigned for new fittings, fixtures and equipment.

Portable items such as laptops are on the wish list, as are interactive televisions and new furniture.

“Anything we get for this space is really going to encourage that collaborative learning aspect we are striving for,” Mrs Fitzpatrick-Brown said.

“Watch this space.”

It is estimated the project will  be completed by May 2018.

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