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New primary precinct opens


It was a memorable start to 2024 at St Paul’s College as primary students were welcomed to the newly built primary precinct.

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The purpose built $13.5 million development, constructed by Sarah Constructions, provides a modern, light-filled learning environment for primary students.

The innovative X-wing design of the new building features modern learning spaces, with each grade strategically located in its own ‘wing’. Each wing features a wellbeing sensory pod, designed for inclusive teaching practices. The inclusion of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) classrooms, maker space, wellbeing room, counsellors’ space, together with active and nature play areas, provides a dynamic and enriching educational environment.

Located on Lurline Ave, Gilles Plains, the precinct includes a car park with an additional 45 spaces and a convenient kiss-and-drop area to streamline traffic movement around the college.

The expansion has not led to an increase in the size of primary enrolments beyond the previous two streams, complemented by the mid-year Reception intakes, ensuring a focused and personalised educational experience for students from Reception to Year 6.

The relocation of primary years has freed up the Waterford Building, facilitating its conversion into specialised middle and senior learning areas.

St Paul’s welcomed 69 new students to the primary years, including Reception students.

Marianne Loftus, head of Primary Years, said beginning the year in a brand new building was exciting and sharing that journey with families was extremely important to the success.

“Through high quality teaching and learning in a caring and supportive environment, with strong family partnerships, our goal for 2024 is to develop each child’s unique individual qualities so they aim to become passionate lifelong learners,” she said.

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