It was an exciting start to the school year for the students, teachers and staff of the Margaret River Independent School, thanks to the arrival of a flock of new students and the news that the school will receive a boost to the campus this year.
According to MRIS Principal Wendy Roediger, the school secured a $100,000 Capital Grant from the Federal Government to go towards the construction of two new classrooms in 2018.
“The new classrooms will accommodate the expansion of the school into single stream classes as MRIS enters its 37th year of operation,” she said.
Local MP, Nola Marino visited the school this week to meet with Ms Roediger and MRIS Chairperson Lyn Serventy.
“This is a wonderful milestone to have reached for a school formed by a handful of visionary parents” said Ms Roediger.
“Lyn Serventy was one of those parents instrumental in establishing the school back in 1981.
“Her involvement has come full circle with her children and grandchildren also attending the school.”
The new classrooms are expected to be completed mid-year and will form part of a quadrangle of classrooms around the Art/Science Room. Parental help will be called for to fit-out the classrooms and keep finishing costs down.
The school also welcomed the arrival of 15 new kindergarten students last week as they bade farewell to their 2017 graduates who moved on to Margaret River Senior High School.
“The transition to kindergarten went smoothly and the children are settled and happy,” said Ms Roediger.
Former MRIS students Eli Pruin, Sholto Armstrong and Zoe McKenzi, Kareena Munnich Trezise, Billy Freeman and Maya Gourlay are looking forward to a busy year of learning, new friends and new experiences as they navigate the world of secondary school.