left to right: Lisa Babanin, Nicholas, Student and Colette Bos, Principal

left to right: Lisa Babanin, Nicholas, Student and Colette Bos, Principal

One of the first decisions Lisa Babanin made when she commenced her role as the Pastoral Care Worker at Salisbury North Primary School was to redecorate her room. Known as the ‘White House’ it was looking tired and dreary and was in need of some tender loving care.

Lisa said “I contacted Bunnings, Parafield, asking for their help in donating some paint to help freshen up the room, and boy did they deliver! Vince from Bunnings, along with James from Dulux, not only wanted to help, but they donated EVERYTHING to do the job, including their precious time!!!” 

Lisa also wanted to make sure that students were involved in the project so at the end of term 2 a competition was held and students could submit designs for a mural to be painted on one of the walls. The response was overwhelming, with Lisa’s pigeon hole full of entries a week later. Dianne Kennady, the office lady was chosen as judge because of her hard work for and dedication to the school and a final concept by Nick was chosen for the new mural. Another design by Felicity was runner up and it was decided that it too will feature elsewhere in the school.

Students were also involved in suggesting a new name and at the Grand Opening during NAIDOC week, the new name was announced - Karpa Woodli – which means ‘Support House’. It was a great time of celebration with the students, staff, parents and the local council member attending the opening.

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