Historic hall’s transformation into an education leader

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Greenwood Penrith Centre Manager, Hayley Connelly. Photo: Melinda Jane

An historic hall and key part of Penrith’s past has been carefully restored, transformed and opened as a warm and welcoming place for early education.

Making use of engaging play spaces, gardens and water play areas, fresh meals and sensory experiences, the Greenwood Penrith Centre is doing early education differently, and they’re celebrating their opening on Saturday, July 28 from 10am to 1pm.

“Our Grand Opening day will celebrate the service opening with the unique and historical Thornton Hall being re-purposed as the main entrance and focal point for our brand new early learning centre,” Greenwood Penrith Centre Manager, Hayley Connelly said.

“On the day we have a live PJ Masks show, balloons by international balloon artist Matt Falloon, our mascot ‘Gracie’ meet and greet, an official ribbon cutting ceremony plus loads more.

“It will also be a great opportunity for families and the community to meet with the team of professional educators at Greenwood and see our state-of-the-art early learning centre.”

Photo: Melinda Jane

Walking through Greenwood, it’s clear there has been thought and care put into every decision made.

From miniature bins that replicate Penrith Council’s three-bin system, to a sensory room that allows children the opportunity to explore tactile experiences and discover their sensory profile, every decision has been made to encourage a journey of learning.

“We have extensive indoor and outdoor environments including cubby houses, dry creek beds and a focus on natural learning environments,” Ms Connelly said.

“We have a sensory processing room, equipped with a range of tactile, auditory and aesthetic learning environments that allow children to explore their sensory profile.”

Greenwood Penrith Centre Manager, Hayley Connelly and her team. Photo: Melinda Jane

Entering through the main administration office and building, it’s hard to believe that Thornton Hall – a historical building dating back to the 1800s – was carefully restored and turned into a vibrant and nurturing environment.

“We have been inundated with positive feedback from children, families and members of our community,” she said.

Free tickets to the Grand Opening events are limited, so visit www.greenwood.com.au/penrith to secure yours.

Emily Newton

Emily Newton is the Weekender’s police and political reporter. Emily is also the Weekender’s Senior Journalist.

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