School welcomes maintenance cash

Work begins on the Ardeer Primary School kindergarten. (Supplied)

Tara Murray

Ardeer Primary School will make the most of the $145,000 it was recently allocated as part of the state government’s planned maintenance program for schools.

The school was one of 230 across the state to receive funding, which is for schools to undertake essential works to grounds and classrooms.

Ardeer Primary School acting principal John Mifsud said the school could possible use the funding for a number of different projects.

“It was a bit of a bolt out of the blue, but the funding is welcome,” he said.

“It’s a 60 year old school, so the consequences are a lot of buildings are needed to be upgraded throughout the whole school.

“The undercover passageway needs upgrading, there are roofs that are leaking, painting work in some of the classrooms and some re-stumping.

“It will be used up quickly.”

Mr Mifsud said the funding would help ensure the school’s 149 pupils have access to the best facilities.

“It’s great for the local area and the community of Ardeer,” he said.

“We are a small school, but still have extremely high standards. We want the students to be high academically and the physical environment will help enhance that.”

Ardeer South, Deer Park West, Kings Park, St Albans Meadows, Sydenham – Hillside and Albanvale primary schools also received funding as part of the program.

Meanwhile, work has started on the construction of a new kindergarten at Ardeer Primary School.

The kinder, which is set to open in 2022 will include a two-room kindergarten, as well as administrative facilities and outdoor learning, featuring a covered deck area, sandpit, waterplay and veggie patch.

Mr Mifsud said the school was thrilled to have the kinder on its grounds.

“There will be one drop off and one pick up,’ he said. “There will be a continuity in the learning services.”

St Albans MP Natalie Suleyman said she was thrilled work was getting under way.

“I’m delighted work is under way and Ardeer families are a step closer to getting the fantastic early years and school facilities they deserve – in one convenient location.”