The Link has pictured the first children at every new school in North and West Swindon since Windmill Hill opened in 1987 and we’re pleased to record the opening of Oakhurst Primary School.
There’s certainly work in progress. Whilst building of the permanent 420 place school goes on apace ready for opening in September 2010, the staff are establishing a community amongst the first children and parents in temporary buildings on Pioneer Road.
Forty five children started in Reception and Year 1 in September, but from September 2010, children will be able to join in all year groups, as well as a fifty place nursery unit.
“We’ve settled down so well,” said headteacher Dale Burr. “The children are enjoying the work in their classes and parents are hugely supportive. There’s a tremendous feeling that this is their school and we very much want to foster this.”
The spirit of community ownership was revealed when some 170 parents and Oakhurst residents without children at the school took part in a creative arts day in blazing sun on 12 September to work with artists No Added Sugar, painting family faces on discs which will decorate the school fence.
“We’re all loving it,” said Year 1 teacher Kasia Wojewodka. “There’s a real buzz at the school.”
Mr Burr said a series of community coffee mornings is planned and a breakfast club is due to start later in the year.