New school opens


school openingA large crowd of parents, community members and dignitaries were on hand to see Gunbower Primary School officially open.

Gunbower Primary School celebrated the official opening of their new school yesterday.
Dignitaries, parents and members of the community were all on hand as Campaspe Network Leader James Mulraney unveiled the plaque.
"The Gunbower community is very lucky to have this new school," Mr Mulraney said.
"It has three open learning areas, a withdrawal space, great staff facilities, new toilets with inside and outside entry, principals office, meeting, reception and sick rooms, all with the mod cons including wireless technology and interactive learning.
"The community value this school and it is great to see a new one to replace the 100 year old one."
Mr Mulraney praised the school's academic achievements, including the high results they achieved in the NAPLAN test last year.
"This school has the outcomes on the board. They are a high performing school and no children get left behind here."
Campaspe shire councillor Greg Toll attended Gunbower Primary School 60 years ago.
"This new school and the new technology provide a wonderful opportunity for the students. Children have to be educated to survive these days and they are certainly getting a good education with high results in the NAPLAN test."
Member for Murray Sharman Stone said the new facilities were cutting edge.
 "The main aim is to have no great educational divide between children who were born on the Murray River or born in Melbourne, everyone deserves the same educational opportunities. This is great for the district," Dr Stone said.
Acting principal Lyn Coulter praised the school community for the dedication and support they have shown the students.
"The work the school community does is just phenomenal. It shows what can be achieved when a small community works together for their children."
Mrs Coulter also praised former principal Tony Merret, for leaving the school in such a fantastic position.
Mr Merret held the top job at Gunbower for 15 years and his hard work and dedication were instrumental in getting the new school built.
Ironically he only got to spend two weeks in the new pricncipals office before he retired.


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