New school embraces river theme

July 29, 2017

Work is well underway for Echuca's newest school, which is due to open at the start of next year.

ECHUCA’s newest school officially has a name.

Echuca Twin Rivers Primary School was the name chosen at a meeting on Tuesday night to represent the merger of Echuca South and West primary schools.

The school is currently being built to the west of Murray Valley Hwy and is on target to open at the start of next year.

Echuca South Primary School principal Karl Stenning said deciding on a name was an exciting step forward.

‘‘Having a name now enables a lot of things to start taking place,’’ he said.

‘‘Finally we have something to refer to it as other than ‘that new school’.

‘‘We have been having a lot of combined staff meetings in relation to the curriculum, student engagement and management policies, so it’s really starting to come along.’’

His counterpart at Echuca West, Andrew Judd, said credit must go to the various school bodies for working together to progress the school’s plans.

‘‘A lot of work has gone into this,’’ he said.

‘‘The school councils and sub-committees — along with the community — have worked really hard and done a lot of consultation to get to this stage.

‘‘One of the next things happening is our students will be helping with the design of the logo and coming up with a motto for the school.’’

This week’s meeting also confirmed the school’s uniform would be predominantly navy blue with burnt orange panels and trims, while its values will be respect, inclusion and resilience.

Echuca Specialist School is also involved in the merger but is waiting for funding from the Victorian Government before it can join the other schools.

The three schools campaigned for a merger for nearly a decade until funding was finally secured last year to build an initial first stage.

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