New services rolled out as school year begins

David CharlesworthHarvey-Waroona Reporter

Students across the State flock back to school last week after six weeks of holidays, with a number of new initiatives waiting at Harvey Primary School this year.

Principal Jason Romeo said a number of new programs and initiatives would be introduced, including timetable changes, morning exercise routines and for the first time Indonesian language classes.

“We’ve teamed up with Yarloop Primary School, they’re doing Indonesian as well,” he said.

Also new this year will be chaplain Jocelyn Prosser and a permanent Aboriginal education officer Ninnette Comito.

Mr Romeo said Ms Prosser’s role was not only looking after the wellbeing of the students but also to provide support to families and staff.

Mr Romeo said the school was glad to have Ms Comito in the now permanent role to support Aboriginal families in the school community.

In the second half of the year the school will also convert a classroom into a science lab after receiving State Government funding last year.

Mr Romeo said having started after the start of the school year in May last year, this year he has been able carry through his values focus from the start of the year.

“There’s more of an opportunity for me to create the culture at the beginning of the year and my expectations of my staff and their students,” he said.

“We’re just looking forward to another great year, a great start.”

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