THE Comet Caversham Campus formerly known as the Caversham Training and Education Centre has officially opened to students.
Youth Futures chief executive officer Mark Waite said the care school had been revamped due to the generosity of businesses volunteers and family members.
Mr Waite said the veranda floors had been replaced and the classrooms stripped and repainted, the electrics checked, asbestos removed, the internet connected and a big clean up of classrooms and the grounds.
The property has also been fenced and new white boards installed in the classrooms.
He said it had been a fantastic achievement after having only 27 days – only 19 of them work days – to get the care school ready after taking over from Directions Workforce Solutions, which had previously run the centre.
“[We benefited from] the enormous generosity of businesses such as Pink Skip Bins, who donated over 22 skip bins for the clean up, Southern Wire, who generously donated the new fencing, Barkers Furniture who donated a brand new couch for the students meeting room, Carpets by Design for donating new carpets and flooring for the classrooms and the list goes on,’’ he said.
“Comet CaRE School is very grateful to each and every business who donated and enabled the school to reopen for business.
He said all the students attending the school were young people, who had not been able to fit into regular school for a variety of reasons including homelessness, bullying, mental health, issues, domestic violence, family breakdowns and more.
“Thanks to such a generous business community we were able to clean up the school and have it ready for students, ensuring that each can achieve the best of their personal, social, emotional and academic development.
“Their generosity was overwhelming and the students returning to the school are amazed at the transformation.
Principal Richard Furber said the care school had 36 students enrolled but expected to have 50 by the end of the year.
During a tour of the care school Echo News visited the canteen where volunteer Carmen Reichard of Caversham was busy in the kitchen.
She and another volunteer provide healthy homemade morning teas and lunches for those who want them.
The care school was due to close in December last year due to funding issues when Veronica Legg contacted Echo News with her concerns and Opposition Education spokeswoman Sue Ellery raised the matter in Parliament during questions without notice.
A few weeks after A tale of two schools (Echo News, November 28, 2015) it was announced that a new provider had been found so the school would open again this year.