We are proud to announce that Glen Education Murrumbeena Kindergarten will be operating from St Patrick’s Primary School commencing term one 2023.
As you may know, Glen Education Murrumbeena Kindergarten has been in operation at the Holy Nativity Hall in Blythe Street, for over 40 years. It has always been a popular kindergarten in the neighbourhood and continues to have strong enrolments for both three and four year old children each year. In 2020, we were informed that the lease of the premises would not be renewed, as the landlord intends to repurpose the site. The Glen Education community remained committed to ensuring the kindergarten continued to operate into the future as it is the only community kindergarten in the suburb of Murrumbeena.
We are excited at the opportunity to partner with St Patrick’s Primary School in establishing a kindergarten on the school site. This will ensure we can continue to meet the demand for kindergarten places in the local area. It will also align with the State Government’s vision to co-locate kindergartens on school sites, and to ensure community demand for places is met.
The initiative will see an existing portable classroom transformed into a purpose built facility for kindergarten aged children. To support this project, the Glen Education Board committed to investing significant funds towards ensuring the kindergarten’s future. In 2021, we were successful in our application for a DET Building Blocks grant to the value of $400,000. This co-contribution from the Victorian State Government will see the half a million dollar project delivered in its entirety by term one 2023.
We understand that the successful transition to school requires an interconnected and collaborative approach between the kindergarten and the school community. We believe a strengths-based approach to learning will see children develop a strong sense of belonging between the kindergarten and the school. The partnership will support each child’s ability to transition to school with an eagerness to learn more.
We are grateful for the continued to support of St Patrick’s Primary School, in particular Principal Jenny Hawkins and her team. We would also like to acknowledge the incredible contribution from the Department of Education and Training and the Hon. Steve Dimopoulos, MP for joining us to celebrate this occasion.
We are excited commence to commence building works from June 2022.
Pictured: Michelle Ball, Glen Education Leader and Early Childhood Teacher, Samantha Kolasa, Glen Education CEO, Jenny Hawkins, St Patrick’s Primary School Principal and the Hon. Steve Dimopoulos, MP
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