Help Koo Wee Rup Primary School students get the gymnasium they deserve

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Koo Wee Rup Primary School and the Koo Wee Rup community needs a new multipurpose gymnasium. As Koo Wee Rup Primary School continues to grow, our current facilities do not meet the needs of our students and our wider community. At the end of last term, School Council met with both Brian Paynter, our local member for Bass and Jordan Crugnale, the Labor Party candidate for Bass to express our concerns. Below are the main points outlined in both meetings.

School Council recently engaged Mike Williams, a local architect to assess our current reality in terms of our buildings and facilities and highlight the under entitlements within our current structures. Based on an enrolment band of 300-325, the key findings from this assessment are as follows:

We currently have 6 fixed classrooms, yet we are entitled to 10 fixed classrooms. The remainder of our classrooms are portables.
We are entitled to a multi-purpose space of 150 square metres and a canteen space of 39 square metres. Currently our school only has a rundown shed facility which includes an open space and our canteen area. This facility was school built and is clearly not up to Education Facility Standards. This is simply sub-standard and does not meet the needs of the school, its students and the entire Koo Wee Rup community.
The school is currently using an old school building (over 100 years old) which has been refurbished inside as its staff room. This is a sub-standard building for staff to be using but it is the reality of the school at the minute. This is due to the fact that the current administrative buildings within the school are simply too small to facilitate the constantly growing staff for meetings or during morning tea and lunch breaks.

The current multi-purpose space cannot be used to run a purposeful and effective physical education program, which means that the learning program has to be adjusted any time there is inclement weather. The size of the area, the height of the buildings and the quality of the lighting and flooring all make this space sub-standard for the students. Because it is essentially a shed facility, birds, rats, spiders, lizards, snakes and other pests are a constant issue within the shed facility. This clearly becomes a safety issue for our staff and students. Whilst we continue to offer these facilities to local groups and clubs, the above reasons mean that the space is not suitable and they need to seek alternative facilities outside of Koo Wee Rup. 

With our enrolments going beyond 300 students at the beginning of 2019, we are entitled to the building of a new multipurpose building. However we are asking for a commitment to show vision beyond our current enrolments and to be proactive in its decisions to benefit the school and the wider community immediately and for the long term future. Koo Wee Rup Primary School is seeking an electoral commitment from all major state political parties to recognise the continued growth within Koo Wee Rup and commit to building a new full size gymnasium facility. We are also asking for a commitment to increase the size of the current administrative buildings at Koo Wee Rup Primary School to allow for the school to function effectively to meet all of the needs of our students. These improved facilities would be used by Koo Wee Rup Primary School during school hours and made available to the ever growing community groups seeking access to appropriate facilities after school and on weekends. We are asking for all major state political parties to show vision and foresight in making decisions NOW for the FUTURE of Koo Wee Rup Primary School and the wider community.

The Koo Wee Rup community has stood by for too long and watched all of the new schools within the Pakenham area being built with state of the art facilities, whilst our school and community continues to be neglected with sub-standard facilities. Our students deserve access to facilities which will provide better outcomes for them; academically, physically, socially and emotionally. The time is now for a commitment to be made to the Koo Wee Rup Primary School and wider community which will allow for our school and community clubs to grow and prosper in the future.

We are yet to have any commitment from either the Liberal or Labor Party. It’s time for our local representatives to show a commitment to our growing community. Show your support by sharing and liking this post to have our voice heard loud and clear by Brian Paynter and Jordan Crugnale.