St John's School


St John’s Primary School 2019 Building Works draws closer to commencement

Our relocation of the Pre Primary and Multi Purpose rooms is drawing closer. We have now progressed to the stage where builders have submitted tenders to the architect for the School Board to consider.  We could be on schedule to commence works by mid May. It is anticipated the job will take all Term 2 and much of Term 3.

The purpose behind these works stems from the need to relocate the Pre Primary classroom to allow the children to have immediate proximity to their grounds. The availability of outdoor/indoor flow for children in the Pre Kindy, Kindy and Pre Primary years is an essential part of good Early Childhood educational practice.   

Due to the relocation of the toilets that serve both Pre Primary and Kindergarten students plus the insertion of glass doors to the new Pre Primary room, allowing them access to the outdoor area, the Kindergarten room will also be out of commission for the duration of the build.  The Kindy and Pre Kindy children will be located in the School Hall and the Pre Primary class will be placed in the old Year 2 room.

Please refer to the Q&A within this section regarding the build.

The purpose of the works is to allow immediate accessibility for the Pre Primary children to their amazing outdoor learning environment.

St John’s Building Works Gallery

Architect’s Impression of the new Undercover Area Design

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Question and Answer Section

As at April 26th 2019

Q: What is the scope of the works?

A: The scope of works includes:

  • the repositioning of the Pre Primary classroom to what was, until early April this year, the Year 1 and the Maker Space Room. The purpose of this build is to allow the Pre Primary children direct access to their ECE Outdoor Learning Environment.
  • the relocation of the Multi Purpose Room to the current Pre Primary room.
  • the beautification of the Undercovered Area between the new Multi Purpose and Hall. This will benefit all students from PP – Yr 6 during Music and Art lessons held in the vicinity and will include a protective, see through weather proof covering, permanent seating and ‘greenery’.
Q: How are the works being funded?

A: The works are being funded wholly from St John’s budget.

Q: Will school fees go up as a result of the works?

A: No. School fees were increased this year to a % below the minimum recommendation put to us by CEWA in October 2018. 

Q: Who will be undertaking the works?

A: The works are being put out to tender via the Catholic Education WA (CEWA) approved architect to local builders. CEWA are very experienced in managing the building works and upgrades in all CEWA schools and will assist St John’s during the works.

Q: When will the works commence?

A: At this stage the works are expected to commence in mid May.

Q: When will the works be completed?

A: It is anticipated that the works will be completed by mid to late Term 3.

Q: Where will all the classes be placed at the end of the build?

A: Year 1 will be relocated in the recently vacated Yr 2 room; Year 2 and 3 will stay as they are now, in their newly acquired classroom spaces.  Year 4 and 5 classes will swap their current locations over time to allow for the two upper primary classes – Yrs 5 & 6 – to be positioned side by side. 

Q: Why did the children move classrooms in Term 1, if the works don’t start until Term 2?

A: We took the opportunity for the children in Years 1-4 to move classrooms in late Term 1 so that they were settled before the commencement of Term 2 thereby allowing the Kindergarten, PK and Pre Primary classroom moves to occur more leisurely in Term 2 once confirmation of the Build start date is known.

Q: Will there be another Busy Bee once the works are completed to move the classrooms around again?

A: The first Busy Bee held in April was a huge success.  Volunteers will be called upon early in Term 2, once the builder is selected and we have a start date, to help move the Pre Primary and Kindergarten classroom contents. It is likely there will be another Busy Bee at the completion of the works to move the Year 1, PP and Kindy classes.

Q: Will the children be impacted during the works?

A: The works will be carried out in a way to minimise the impact on the children, the broader school community, the parish and our neighbours. There will however, likely be some impacts, but these will be minimised as much as possible. For example, Art and Library lessons will be held in classrooms during the build.

Q: Where will the assemblies be held during the works?

A: The assemblies will be held in the Year 5 and 6 Undercover Area during the works.

Q: Will there be any impact to parking during the works?

A: There will likely be some restrictions to the use of the church carpark throughout the works. This will be confirmed once we have a contractor appointed.

Q: Will there be any impact to Kiss and Ride during the works?

A: No, Kiss and Ride will continue as normal throughout the works.

Q: Who can I contact if an issue arises with the works or if I want more information?

A: You can contact Mary Bizzaca regarding any issues that arise as a result of the works. Any Board Member, particularly the Board Chair, or those members on the Assets and Maintenance Sub Committee of the Board, can be contacted regarding general information. These members are listed on the school website within the School Board membership section.