State Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan and Labor Candidate for Williamstown Melissa Horne recently visited Spotswood Primary School, with Willy and Hobby given an exclusive look inside one of the oldest schools in Hobsons Bay.
Conducting the tour was principal Jackie Green who commenced at the school in 2010 – a very busy Centenary year – but the principal has been busy ever since, not only turning around a dip in enrolments, but also working towards modernising the school.
Also joining the tour was construction contractor Reliance Construction and Maintenance who has commenced construction works on stage one of a three stage multi-million-dollar upgrade of the school’s facilities.
Stage one will include refurbishment works to four classrooms, corridor, two meeting rooms, the general office and staff room. The works will also provide the addition of an entry porch and the construction of new staff and student toilets.
With some of the school’s classrooms built more than 100 years ago, the builders will undoubtedly face some architectural challenges along the way, as well as dealing with materials that have been phased out in the building industry.
Though the contractors are well placed and prepared for any challenges, with over 30 years’ experience working on primary, secondary, state and private school projects. They recently completed construction of the Centenary Theatre at Williamstown High School.
Speaking on the $1.4 million-dollar investment by the State Government for stage one of the master plan, Wade Noonan said students in Spotswood will soon have the first-rate classrooms and facilities they deserve.
“When you look around these buildings you think about how many generations of kids have come through but come back next year and years to follow this will be a school that will really thrive because the learning that will go on will match the facilities that are available.”