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EARLY LEARNING UPGRADE

A $1.1 MILLION upgrade will have huge benefits to staff and students at Bowen Road Primary School in Moonah.

A new early learning space is currently under construction at the school to be ready for kindergarten and launch into learning at the beginning of the 2021 school year.

Advanced skills teacher Kim Zeitzen said the building would include kindergarten spaces, a playgroup space, reception area, kitchen, toilet facilities and a brand-new playground.

“The school was opened in 1929 and the kindergarten building hasn’t changed much – this will be the first time we’ve had a whole new building,” she said.

“It will provide resources and facilities to staff and students that we didn’t have before.

“It will mean having bigger spaces for students, access to technology, and IT equipment.

“We’re really grateful to the Education Department for its financial support and input.”

Ms Zeitzen said the school had a strong multicultural focus and the new building would make families and students feel more welcome.

“It will be like a brand-new welcoming space for families and enhance our inclusiveness, which was already throughout the school anyway,” she said.

“For next year we’ve already had almost 40 kindergarten enrolments and this space will help facilitate those numbers.

“It’s important we’re able to provide our families in the area with a space they can come to, particularly with early learning.”