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Lauderdale Primary unveils new learning spaces

LAUDERDALE Primary School is leading the way in contemporary early learning following the opening of three brand new learning spaces on 8 August.

The new spaces, which took seven-months to complete, include a kindergarten playground with a sandpit, mud kitchen and water pump and general learning areas for prep to year six students.

Lauderdale Primary School acting principal Susan Jeffery said the school was thrilled with the contemporary new indoor and outdoor learning spaces.

Ms Jeffery said the redevelopment presented a great opportunity to provide students with engaging learning experiences.

“The spaces were designed for flexible use and include break out spaces, staff offices and kitchens,” she said.

“Information, communication and technology (ICT) was also the focus in the new facilities and the latest technology has been incorporated into the three spaces, including touch screens.

“ICT skills are essential across the curriculum for all age groups and they enable students to make global connections as they prepare for the digital era.

“Staff and students are making full use of the up-to-date spaces and are embracing opportunities to deliver and participate in rich 21st century learning.”

Premier Will Hodgman, who was present at the unveiling, said the new early years rooms demonstrated the government’s ongoing commitment to providing young Tasmanian children with high-quality, play-based learning environments.

“The Tasmanian Government is committed to excellence in education and a vital part of our plan is investing in contemporary learning environments for the benefit of Tasmanian students,” he said.

“The opening of the newly-constructed learning areas at Lauderdale Primary School represents $1.6 million in funding for education infrastructure, while also growing the Tasmanian economy through design and construction jobs.

“Congratulations to the great work by local architect, Preston Lane Architect, along with the builders, Fairbrothers, for delivering this project to the students in Lauderdale and the surrounding communities.”

Caption: The opening of the new education facilities at Lauderdale Primary School is the culmination of seven-months of construction. Photo credit: Adam Gibson.