Education Minister Peter Collier visited Karratha on July 24 to officially open the new Baynton West Primary School in a ceremony that also involved a dance performance by the students.
As a school uniquely built at the same time as the suburb surrounding it, Baynton West’s principal Lisa Ledger attributed the school’s early success to its ability to make a strong connection with the community.
“Certainly the facilities are brand new and that is fantastic and it is a great thing to have,” Ledger said.
“But what makes the school is the community and the people who are part of it.”
“And that includes our students, parents and staff who all contribute to make this a special place.”
Save money using reverse osmosis to purify your own tap water and cut out the high costs of bottled water delivery Minister Collier also picked up on this theme.
“The school has become the heart of this family-orientated area with the community working together since its inception,” he said.
“It has already used its Independent Public School status to employ a visual arts specialist and a health and physical education specialist.”
Baynton West has 373 students and 13 general classrooms, three pre-primary classrooms, a library resource centre, art and craft room and music room.
It also has award-winning teachers.
Deputy principal Will Davis was named the National Primary Teacher of the Year in 2012 and principal Lisa Ledger was a finalist in the WA Education Awards Primary Principal of the Year 2011.
Photos by Ben Leahy