New Tannum school buildings delayed
By KELLI DOWNEYkelli@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THERE will be no grand opening for the new St Francis Catholic Primary School next week with students forced to start the year elsewhere because of building delays.
Staff, students and parents have been officially notified the Tannum Sands school will not throw open its doors on Monday as planned.
Instead the expected 125 students enrolled with the school will celebrate their first week of the 2005 school year at the nearby Tanyalla Conference Centre.
Delays in the building schedule have meant the students will not be able to get into their classrooms until the following week.
Boyne Island resident Kylie McCormack, whose daughter Meegin is enrolled to attend full-time preschool, said she was a bit disappointed by the delay but had to accept it.
Ms McCormack said parents had been notified in advance of the delay which she felt would have no effect on her daughter's first week of schooling.
'How it has been explained to us is the first week is about kids getting to know each other so it will not really be a classroom situation anyway,' Ms McCormack said.
St Francis Catholic Primary School principal Andy Nicholls said planning and timelines were tight so a couple of delays, mainly due to the weather, had put the project slightly behind schedule.
Mr Nicholls said an exciting program had been planned for the first week and the Tanyalla facilities would lend themselves well to various orientation activities.
He said these activities would fit neatly with the beginning of the new school community.
Construction of one building which held two double classrooms and an amenities block had been completed.
Work was still under way on the construction of the school office, staff amenities and further classrooms.
Mr Nicholls said demountable buildings had been brought in as a temporary measure until the completion of the construction phase.
He said despite the delays, no complaints had been received from parents.
'The parents have been brilliant and positive,' Mr Nicholls said.
'It is a little bit of pain for what will be a long-term gain.'