Toolamba Primary School has officially re-opened almost two years after it was destroyed by fire.RIAHN SMITH November 3, 2012 4:20am
School captains Heidi Merritt and Alex Todd celebrate the official opening of Toolamba Primary School's new buildings.
The opening of the new Toolamba Primary School has been a long and rewarding experience for principal Heather Kennedy.
Ms Kennedy and her team have worked tirelessly for almost three years to rebuild the school after it was destroyed by fire in early 2010.
About 200 students, parents and community members, as well as local and state politicians, gathered today to mark the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Ms Kennedy thanked the children and the community for their patience and support and said she was both nervous and excited about showcasing the results of all their hard work.
‘‘It’s been a new process for me. As far as building a school, that’s a first,’’ Ms Kennedy said.
‘‘It’s like a big orchestra, bringing all the pieces together, but we made it and the school looks fantastic, we’re very proud.’’
‘‘We’ve tried to do our very, very best for the children of Toolamba and the children for years to come.’’
The new facilities include a library, six classrooms and a multipurpose room.
Ms Kennedy said an early-years learning centre was also being developed.
State Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell officially opened the school and said it was a ‘‘fantastic day’’ for the Toolamba community.
‘‘This really is a community that looks to the school as the centre of the community,’’ Ms Lovell said.
‘‘These new buildings now represent a new community hub for the town and once we get the early-childhood centre established on the site, it’ll be a one-stop educational outcome for the people of Toolamba.’’
‘‘What we’ve gone from is our old-style educational facilities that were ageing to a brand-new, 21st century school.’’
Leukaemia diagnosis for Shepparton boy Travis Lamont, 17, hits his family hard.
Yarrawonga Football Netball Club senior footballer Jeremy O’Brien celebrated his 200th senior Ovens and Murray Football Netball League game against the Wodonga Bulldogs on Saturday.
The trip to Deakin Reserve pitted the fourth-placed Bulldogs up against sixth-placed Demons in a vital match to consolidate a finals berth.
Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Deputy Nationals leader Peter Walsh are expected to make a significant and long-awaited bridge announcement tomorrow.
Sergeant Dale Simm of Rochester police is warning the public to be wary of phone calls offering all sorts of great prizes.
100 days at Tongala Primary.
Mark Grainger cannot believe his luck after suffering a heart attack on the day a new drug was approved to be administered by paramedics.
A man who attempted, but failed miserebly, to rob the Tocumwal Pie Shed is still on the run from police.
District residents judge the top releases from the Heathcote wine region during the second annual Heathcote Wine Show on the weekend.
A sporting precinct has emerged as the main driver behind merger of Cobram and Victory soccer clubs.
A top-three finish is on the cards for the Deni Rovers after they knocked off Jerilderie on Saturday.
Innovative irrigators are being encouraged to apply for a 2014 Rural Water Award and the chance to win a $2000 cash prize.
Three Benalla residents are speaking up to bring the issue of youth homelessness into the spotlight.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.