Fresh look for Surfside Primary School
THE phrase “baptism by fire” is fitting for Surfside Primary School’s principal Peter Walsh, who’s navigated his way through refurbishments and a global pandemic, all within his first year.
Mr Walsh started the role last October during the school’s $1.3 million upgrade and said despite the challenges, is enjoying the refurbishments and the return of pupils.
“Everything is complete, they finished the upgrades and have been able to bring a bit of colour into the school for the students and fresh carpets in classrooms,” he said.
“The classrooms look a bit livelier and it’s a good opportunity to keep students engaged in their learning.”
Bellarine MP Lisa Neville said the upgrades include the refurbishment of 10 classrooms, the school library and student amenities.
“Surfside Primary is a great school, led by principal Peter Walsh and his team, and I congratulate the entire school community on their efforts in planning and now completing the refurbishment,” Ms Neville said.
“The upgraded school will provide Surfside students with the best classrooms and facilities ensuring they are given every chance to succeed.”
This upgrade is part $6.1 billion invested by the state government to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades, supporting more than 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians.
Mr Walsh said he’s looking forward to the return of all grades this week, who only briefly enjoyed the school’s improvements before remote learning commenced.
“The buzz of the children makes a school what it is. Hearing chatter in the corridors, kids moving around the school and seeing their smiling faces is what makes your job worthwhile.
“Prep to grade 2s settled in brilliantly and we’re looking forward to welcoming back our grades 3 to 6’s. It’s been the first major works happening at the school since 2009.
“We’ve got the sensory garden project that’s due to start shortly and architectural work at the front and rear of the school planned in the near future.”
Mr Walsh said the school presently have 503 students, and with rapid growth in the area, wanted to ensure they were meeting the community’s needs. “We want to be able to cater for our growing community. Oakdene is within our school zone, we’re at capacity now so want to make sure we’re able to meet the need in the future.”