the first round of Federal Government Stimulus
strategies, schools were granted up to $200 000 for
refurbishment and renewing projects. We are pleased to
inform you that we have spent all of our allocated
funds. As a summary here is the list of projects now
completed at Happy Valley School:
Firstly, our school chose to spend the
bulk of the money on painting all internal and external
walls and timber work (some of these surfaces such as
walls, had never been painted!!)
Our second project was the recarpeting of
the library and the purchase of a new shelving system.
third project was to replace the out-dated and
inefficient lighting system in units 1 and 2 (about 120
double fluoro units). This project was completed during
the school holidays in time for the start of the new
The fourth project was the installation
of new hand soap dispensers, toilet roll holders and air
freshening systems in all toilets around the school
The final remaining funds have been used
to continue the refurbishment of staff room facilities
with the replacement of the rusted and ageing stove and
the installation of a dishwasher.
We are most pleased that we have been
able to address some important needs and have achieved
The Federal Governments P21 Stimulus
strategy means that Happy Valley School will look quite
differently at the end of 2010 than it did at the end of
You will have noticed changes already!
The old unit 5 building has been demolished and removed
and fences and storage containers have been placed
strategically along the oval boundary.
Soon every where you look there will be
trucks, cranes machinery and lots of noise, dust and
workers! But this is all good because by the time this
project is finished, along with the SAKG project, we
will have a school that is second to none in providing
your children with a modern and varied curriculum in a
comfortable, well functioning environment, for them to
It is pleasing to report that significant
progress has been made with our project. A building
'pad' has been prepared and footings are being dug for
our new, 4-classroom, teaching block.
The Refurbishment Project,
beginning with Unit 3, (the middle section and
western end of the Library building) is also
well under way. Several internal walls have been
demolished and removed and steel frame work
erected for new dividing walls with observation
The extra good news is that we
are under budget with both projects which means
we should be able to complete several items on
our "wish list."
One of these is to create a very
large, outdoor, covered, learning and meeting
area. (COLMA) The architect is currently working
on the idea of erecting this over the current
If structurally possible the
COLMA would provide us with a fantastic venue
not only for our everyday learning programs but
also for after school sports events, assemblies
and Christmas concerts.
A set of plans, for the programs under
way, will soon be available for viewing, on the pin
boards outside to the front entry to the hall.