Department of Education Media Release
25 February 2013
One hundred and thirty (130) students from prep to grade 6 will start classes at the temporary Dunalley Primary School site on Wednesday 13 February with kindergarten students commencing on Thursday 14 February.Department of Education Deputy Secretary, Andrew Finch, said that understandably, there has been significant interest in the new temporary school.
"However, now that the temporary school is nearing completion our focus needs to be on ensuring that students and teachers start their learning program for the year without disruption.
"It's important that students are able to settle into their new surroundings and establish a normal routine for the school day.
"Therefore, the media will be welcome to visit the school on the third day of school (Friday 15 February), when they will have an opportunity to tour the school and speak to students and the principal," Mr Finch said.
Friday 15 February
10.45am (recess time) - opportunity to film/photograph students in the playground.
11am - internal tour of the school, followed by interviews with students and Principal, Matthew Kenny.
Dunalley Primary temporary school site. Media access is via 20 Bay St, Dunalley (Please report to the front office on arrival).
Further Information: Communication Services Unit on 62 33 4665
Schools closed due to bushfire
The Department of Education Deputy Secretary, Andrew Finch said today that Collinsvale Primary School and Molesworth Primary School will be closed tomorrow (7 February) due to an uncontrolled bushfire at Glen Dhu Road, Molesworth.
"The fire danger in this area is forecast to be very high tomorrow and following discussions with the Tasmanian Fire Service, it was agreed that as a precautionary measure the schools would be closed.
"The Department of Education has organised alternate schooling arrangements for parents who are unable to organise supervised care for their children for the day.
"Children attending Collinsvale Primary can be dropped off at Glenorchy Primary and Molesworth students will be accommodated at New Norfolk Primary," he said.
Mr Finch said that staff from both schools are requested to follow the same arrangements.
"It is important that parents not leave their children at home unsupervised.
"Further information will be provided tomorrow (7 February) in relation to the operation of these schools on Friday," Mr Finch said.
Further Information: Irena Blissenden: 0419 351 642 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting