Friday, 21 March 2014

Howrah Primary School set to benefit from new Kindergarten facilities


Tas Gov LogoDepartment of Education Media Release




 
 
21 March 2014



Howrah Primary School is set to benefit from a kindergarten redevelopment following the project gaining support from the School Association this week.

Currently one of the school’s kindergarten facilities is located off-site, and the $1.3 million project means that the school community will not only benefit from improved facilities, but also the convenience and security of having all kindergartens located at their local school.

Howrah Primary School Principal Shelley Thorne said that the school was looking forward to being able to have all its kindergarten students on-site from 2015.

“Having all kindergarten facilities on the one site will mean that staff, students and their families will feel much more connected and a part of the school community from the time they start their formal education.

“We are also very fortunate to benefit from a combination of refurbished and new facilities, which will of course mean a first-class learning experience for our students.”

The Tasmanian Government’s successful Launching into Learning program, which is run in every Tasmanian Government school, aims to connect children and their families with their local school before they start kindergarten.

“Having all kindergarten facilities at the school will also mean that those children attending our LiL program will be able to remain in this familiar school environment as they progress onto kindergarten and through to primary school, with results of this program showing this is of huge benefit to a child’s performance and attendance in later school years.”

The school’s current off-site kindergarten, Beachside Kindergarten at Bellerive, will be closed and the site put on the market as part of the upgrade.

“Although Beachside Kindergarten has been a part of the community for a long time, the facilities are ageing and would soon require significant maintenance investment.

“The School Association whole heartedly supports the project at Howrah Primary, as it will stand to benefit our children and their families in the long term.”

Proceeds from the sale of the vacant kindergarten site will be retained by the Department of Education, and used as the major funding source for the new facilities at Howrah.  Any additional funding required for the project will be funded directly by the Department.

Construction is likely to commence mid-year, and be ready in time for the 2015 school year.

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