New college opens doors

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Inaugural principal Alison Burnley, Year 2 student Ruby Kenyon-Weston and her twin pre-primary siblings Indi and Will were all excited about the first day of school.
Camera IconInaugural principal Alison Burnley, Year 2 student Ruby Kenyon-Weston and her twin pre-primary siblings Indi and Will were all excited about the first day of school. Credit: Callum Hunter

Bunbury Baptist College opened yesterday, welcoming more than 250 students through its gates as thousands of others throughout the South West returned to school to kick off term one of 2019.

For its first year, the school will operate and run classes from kindergarten to Year 7 and expand each year until 2024 when the inaugural Year 7s will be in Year 12.

Principal Alison Burnley said it was exciting to see and welcome all the students as they arrived in uniform with their families.

“The children are just beautiful,” she said.

“I feel so blessed and so privileged to have been chosen for this role.”

Mrs Burnley also said by the time this year’s Year 7s were ready to graduate, it was expected the college would be comprised of about 700 students, including the children enrolled in its adjoining early learning centre.

More than 460,000 students across the State returned to school this week after almost two months of holidays, a record number according to Education Minister Sue Ellery.

“I wish all students, their teachers and families all the very best for a successful and positive school year ahead.”

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