New home for Moorak’s preschoolers officially opened by Blair Boyer
Preschoolers from Moorak on the Limestone Coast of South Australia had a VIP visitor last week with the State’s Education Minister Blair Boyer visiting to officially open their building.
Although the building has been in use for much of the school year the official opening was an opportunity for Principal Pete Mitchinson to showcase the $1.8 million space which is the culmination of more than five years of planning that saw the architects actively engage the children in the community to learn more about what they needed in their built environment and its accompanying nature play space.
Preschoolers Lucas Bourchier and Remy Scherer were on hand to cut the ribbon and welcome Mr Boyer.
Mr Mitchinson said the space has been warmly received by the community and is supporting children to build solid foundations in literacy and numeracy as well as social and emotional learning before they head into school.
The new space has boosted the capacity of the setting, with 30 more children now able to attend.
Mr Boyer, who was educated in country Victoria, said he was delighted to be a part of the opening.
“As someone who grew up just across the border at a very small country primary school that only had about 35 kids, I love coming and seeing other regional schools, and of course I love seeing investment in our small schools like this, to make sure they have the same fantastic infrastructure and facilities that you expect anywhere else,” he told local news source Border Watch.
“It’s good to see that what’s been built here will serve this community really, really well for generations to come and it’s good that the outcome achieved here was not a refurbishment of the old preschool, but a new build.”
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