Excitement as school opens

No jitters: Oran Park Public School principal Donna Shevlin says she is excited to start work at Camden's newest primary school. She is pictured in November, when the school was still taking shape. Picture: Luke Fuda
No jitters: Oran Park Public School principal Donna Shevlin says she is excited to start work at Camden's newest primary school. She is pictured in November, when the school was still taking shape. Picture: Luke Fuda

THERE were no first day nerves when Donna Shevlin walked through the doors of Camden's newest primary school this week.

But she said there was plenty of excitement as she started her first day as principal of Oran Park Public School.

"I'm lucky because this school is a beautiful place where students can enjoy learning in an environment which is conducive to that," she said.

Mrs Shevlin said students — more than 70 from kindergarten to year 6 — would benefit from the latest technology including interactive whiteboards in every classroom.

The school also has six support classes for students with special needs, raised garden beds for them to take time out from their books for some planting, and a multi-purpose court area.

"This school will be the hub of the community," Mrs Shevlin said proudly.

She said being the first appointed principal of a brand new school had its challenges, including having to "start from scratch" — from purchasing books for the library down to designing a uniform.

"The parents have been amazing and very keen to get involved with things like designing the uniform, which is great because they get to have some ownership of it too," she said.

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