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Northern suburbs school has a million reasons to celebrate

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A $1 million redevelopment that includes a new entrance way and administration area will be officially opened at The Pines School in Parafield Gardens today.

The event will also celebrate the amalgamation of the former The Pines Junior Primary School and The Pines Primary School to form The Pines School.

DECD Executive Director, Preschool and School Improvement, Anne Millard said in recent years The Pines School has undergone a huge transformation, not only in name, but also in looks and direction.

“The Pines School is the product of a successful amalgamation, bringing two schools on the same site together as one,” Ms Millard said.

“No longer is there a need for children to transition from the junior primary school in Year 2 to the primary school to begin Year 3 – the school works in unison and allows for a smooth transition from Preschool right through to Year 7.

“The redevelopment is the cherry on top of this transformation, giving staff and students a light, bright and modern space to work in, as well as a welcoming space for parents to meet with staff.

“Today’s event is a chance for us to recognise the work that’s been undertaken to get The Pines School to where it is today.”

The new building gives a new entrance to the school and houses administration areas, meeting rooms, a sick bay, storage areas and toilets.

The Pines School Principal Cherie Collings said the school community has embraced the new name and look of the school.

“Our school was in need of a freshen up and our new administration area is everything we could have hoped for and more,” Ms Collings said.

“From the streetscape our school now looks modern and welcoming to the community, it’s nice for the façade to accurately reflect how the school is on the inside.

“We are a proudly multicultural school made up of more than 48 cultures, we offer mainstream classes and new arrivals classes to support new immigrants to the local area, so it’s nice for them to feel welcome in this new environment.”