Riverside Primary celebrates two decades of education

Riverside Primary School students and Riverside Education Support Centre students with Riverside Primary School principal Deborah Bloor and Riverside Education Support Centre principal Jim Douglas. Photo: Richard Polden.

Riverside Primary School students and Riverside Education Support Centre students with Riverside Primary School principal Deborah Bloor and Riverside Education Support Centre principal Jim Douglas. Photo: Richard Polden.

Riverside Primary School students, teachers and parents celebrated 20 years of education with a picnic lunch and assembly on Friday afternoon.

The independent public school caters for students from kindergarten to year 7 and opened in 1995 with the Education Support Centre as part of the combined Riverside primary schools.

Principal  Deborah Bloor has been at the school since the start and said it was wonderful to be celebrating the milestone with so many parents and students.

Ms Bloor said in the first years of opening the school was overcrowded with no grass or play equipment.

“Thanks to a fantastic Parents and Citizens Association, who worked very hard over the years, we’ve been able to provide up to date play equipment,” she said.

“At one stage we had 820 students enrolled and we’ve now gone down to 500, which has given us more space.”

In June 2010 the school received an Excellence in Public Education Award.

The award was issued after the Department of Education Expert Review Group assessed the school and said their capacity to support and nurture students was quite remarkable.

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