Lock Early Learning Centre amalgamates with Area School

FAREWELL: The Lock Early Learning Centre will amalgamate with Lock Area School. Names in story.
FAREWELL: The Lock Early Learning Centre will amalgamate with Lock Area School. Names in story.

The Lock Early Learning Centre will be amalgamating with the Lock Area School at the end of this schooling year.

The decision was made following low preschool enrolments for 2019 and a special general meeting where members of the preschool voted to amalgamate.

Plans for the 2019 year will see about three preschool aged children added to the junior primary class for 15 hours a week.

Two teachers will be employed to cater for children from preschool to year 1.

The program will be delivered in the existing preschool facility with the redevelopment of an adjoining space underway.

Lock Area School principal Peter Blackburn said the transition would be an “exciting” process.

“I see this as a wonderful opportunity to make schooling a seamless transition from one year to the next,” he said.

“Across the year we can expect some infrastructure upgrades, a collaboration of educators and a model that achieves the high standard, quality education we hope it will bring.”

He said the school would invest in a leadership position to facilitate the new model

The Lock community will celebrate the closure of the Early Learning Centre on Tuesday, December 11 from 10.30am.

Past staff, students, parents and community members are invited to attend the morning tea and light lunch, which will feature speeches from past directors, a photo display and entertainment by the preschool and reception children.

Pictured are: Back: Jodie Thompson (early childhood educator), Carmel Humphries (early learning centre director); middle: Cameron Kennedy, Evie Hutchins, Shaylee Britza, Jonathon Hancock; front: Mitchell Boehm, Henry Owen, Archie Scott.