THERE were plenty of smiles as Sale Specialist School welcomed students to its new campus on Wednesday morning.
Principal Shelagh Donegan she said it was an emotional morning.
“Students and staff are overwhelmed, there’s classes out at the moment having a look around,” she said.
“I’m hanging out now to get around now to all the classrooms and see what they think.
School council president Jane Nash said it was an emotional time, but exciting.
“It’s going to offer so much more opportunity for both students and staff,” she said.
“It’s a real coup for the community at large, who’ve supported us immensely over the past four years, and obviously the fight’s been over 20 years plus, so to see it come to fruition is just awesome.”
Having a state-of-the-art new school would bring other benefits to Sale as a whole, she added.
“It will draw families to this area,” she said.
“I’ve already seen some new families.”
“When Bairnsdale opened, the same thing happened, people were drawn there ...
“We’re built for 144, and that will involve putting in portables, but we’ve got the space for that — the government and Department of Education had great foresight for that.”
Students could not wait to check out the new buildings, and were full of praise.
Some said they were looking forward to making new friends, as all the students were on the same campus for the first time, while others were keen to check out the LEGO wall in the science room.
Next, playgrounds will be installed thanks to community fundraising, and there is already interest in buying a calf for an agricultural program.
A community open day will be held after the official opening, once students are settled in.