Xavier College has the x-factor – that was the feeling for families as they stepped into the grounds of Two Wells’ new private primary school for the first time on Monday, February 1.
Catering initially for students from Reception to Year 6, the school opened with around 160 students enrolled.
Students Sia and Paul Lange of Two Wells had a sneak peak of the new school last month and loved what they saw!
Year 3 student Sia was “super excited” to start at the college and meet new friends, while Paul was looking forward to exploring the brand new play areas outside, especially the swings.
For parents Alex and Sophie Lange, the building, grounds and general atmosphere are all impressive and the family is looking forward to the school year ahead.
“We are very excited for our children to start their new adventure at Xavier College,” Sophie said.
“Everyone has been very welcoming, making our transition smooth and comforting.
“We are looking forward to what the future holds for our children, the school and the community.”
Stage one of the school will comprise seven interconnected classrooms, breakout learning spaces, a resource hub, varied outside play areas and maker space facilities to extend learning.
For staff at the school it is also an exciting time.
New head of campus for Two Wells, Janet Coomber, couldn’t wipe the smile from her face last month as she watched the finishing touches being applied in readiness for the school’s official opening.
“There is such a buzz here, everyone is so excited,” Ms Coomber said.
“Yes we have a beautiful building but the thing with beautiful buildings is that’s not all it’s about; we have beautiful people who are key to helping create that rich learning environment we are striving for.
“I’m so very excited I’ve got butterflies.”
Ms Coomber said the Two Wells campus would embody the teaching pedagogy and ideals of its Gawler Belt sister campus.
“This is very much all the best bits of Xavier that we’ll pull across here,” she said.
“It’s community, it’s teamwork, it’s welcoming, but above all, it’s very high educational standards.
“We know our students so well at Xavier, they’re really well known and well loved and it will be the same here in Two Wells.”
Xavier College principal Mark Flaherty said despite community concerns the school might not open on time, those behind the scenes were never worried.
“We were very confident from the beginning that we’d get the job done right and on time,” Mr Flaherty said.
“What we’re building here is just impressive.
“We’ve been overwhelmed with support from the community (and) we’re very much a community school.
“We feel at home here in Two Wells.”
Mr Flaherty said initial enrolments at the school had been strong and, looking forward, Xavier College hoped to expand to include a secondary school in the area if the demand was there.