Gift is a Game-Changer for BPCS
Posted 08 Aug 2018 in
Over the past two years, in-line with the school’s Strategic Plan; we have been exploring possibilities for expansion. During this time we have inspected and investigated over twenty specific sites, from campsites to potential additional educational locations.
On behalf of the Bold Park Community School Board and the Staff of Bold Park Community School; I am delighted to announce a game-changing development in our expansion ambitions and for the future trajectory of our school.
Since the start of the year, we have been in discussions with the Chair (Mr Neil Campbell) and Board of KIDS Open Learning School (KOLS) as they have navigated through the closure of operations on their Maylands site.
The KOLS Board have determined that they will not be pursuing alternative operations after having considered a wide range of choices for their Association. The KOLS Association owned the property and assets at the Maylands location outright with an estimated value of over 2.5 million dollars (plus assets and money at bank).
I am pleased to let you know that the KOLS Association have decided to gift all assets to Bold Park Community School as a like-minded, progressive school that aligns with the mission and values of the KOLS Association. This includes land, buildings, buses, assets and money at bank in line with their constitution, Associations Incorporation Act and with the approval of the Department of Consumer Protection.
Obviously, a gift of this size is transformative to the Bold Park Community School landscape and we are grateful to the KOLS Board and Association Membership for this significant gift; given in good faith to our community. We are honoured by the confidence demonstrated in Bold Park Community School and our united Leadership team.
The new site is located within 150 metres of the Maylands Train Station and comprises a converted church building, additional classrooms and storage to the rear of the site and a large workshop/storage space under the church building. In addition, the site also includes a ‘manse’ (a small three bedroom home initially intended to house the minister of a church). A large play area also surrounds the site and in total sits on approximately 1780m2 square metres of land.
Before we can utilise the site, we will need to go through some administrative hurdles (e.g. Transfers, Advanced Determination, etc.) and our intention at this stage is to develop the site to expand the capacity of our Middle School and College through 2019, with a likely opening in 2020. It will take time to fully prepare the site and receive authorisation from the Education Department for use as a second campus.
Obviously, this announcement has been months in the making with much work taking place behind the scenes to bring to fruition; I would like to acknowledge the work of Neil Campbell (Acting Chair of KOLS since October 2017), Sue Wyatt (Business Manager), the BPCS Board, Lei Baker, Nicole Hunter, our Team Leaders (Tim, Felicity, Gabbi and Rhys) and the support of Ron Gorman and our friends at The Association of Independent Schools in Western Australia (AISWA).
It was my great pleasure to share this exceptional news with our staff a few weeks ago. There were tears and cheers as we celebrated the significance of this development.
I hope you find a moment today to send up a cheer with us also!