Geraldton Grammar School Early Learning Enrolments

Come and visit Geraldton Grammar School and see what we have to offer your little one. For an enrolment application or to organise a personalised tour of the school with the Principal call us on 9965 7800 or email 


5 activities that will make you want to go to Canggu immediately

With stunning beaches famed for their surf breaks, ancient temples, and paddy fields, Canggu is one such town in Bali that warrants attention from every traveller visiting the ‘island of the gods’. Unlike other towns in Bali, Canggu is a sleepy village before it is a home to many expatriates who chose to settled down in the middle of sprawling green fields as opposed to metropolitan cities. Once a visit to Canggu is initiated, there are no takebacks.

Home to some splendid sights including the ocean waves, black sand beaches, and marvellous sunsets, Canggu is definitely one for the books. It is now teeming with holiday villas and beachfront resorts or boutique hotels that not only provide modern comforts in a more traditional and old-world setting but also make you feel right at home in a foreign land.

Canggu has a lot to offer but some of the things are more crucial and exciting than others and below are a few that will surely fulfil all desires when it comes to truly knowing Canggu as a beach town with its culturally-rich heritage and easygoing atmosphere.


1. Rolling green rice fields in Canggu

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When in the mood for some one-oh-one with nature, the rice fields of Canggu are more spectacular than anything else. They are easily the most authentic, serene, and well-maintained thanks to having fewer tourists and commercial interests. Bike along the slightly terraced and mostly sloping fields of luscious green while the skies stretch far and wide above. The beautiful sight is inspiring to say the least and many expats flock to these generous expanses to unwind and gather their bearings. Bali is known for its paddy and what better way to learn of the ways in which the locals make their living than first-hand experience.


2. Surfing on wild surf breaks at Batu Bolong beach


Another reason why Canggu is so popular among foreign travellers is owing to its surf breaks on Batu Bolong beach. Equally adventurous for beginners and pro-surfers, the waves are famed across the country for being powerful and promise an enjoyable time. The beach is family-friendly and sees a lot of footfall from locals, expats, and travellers here for a short visit. As one of the most famous beaches, Batu Bolong beach with its white sandy shores and panoramic views has several options for food and beverage along with many recreational activities. Echo beach is another good spot for surfing, seafood restaurants, and sunset views.


3. Stay at a private villa


Canggu is slowly becoming a hotspot for many private villa owners who have touched base in these beautiful surroundings and made a home for themselves and their families. There are plenty of beachfront villas near Echo beach and Pererenan village that are close to major haunts and still maintain the peace that is well-desired. Booking a villa in Canggu is as easy as it comes because all you need to do is set your preferences and you have something suitable to choose from. Travelling with families, friends, for a private event, or a corporate retreat; Canggu has something for everyone with fully-staffed villas fitted with modern amenities all under a traditional, alang-alang ceiling and a thatched-roof.


4. Visit the picturesque Tanah Lot temple


Set atop the spectacular Tanah Lot rock formation, Pura Tanah Lot is a stunning relic of Balinese religion and culture. A famous spot for travellers, the entire panorama makes for a mesmerising display of natural wonder. The outcrop contrasts with the crashing waves below and the endless turquoise waters of the ocean against the horizon. The sunset is exceptional from where the temple sits and the verdant greenery brings it all together wonderfully. The temple is a shrine to the sea god, Baruna and has an engaging legend to its name ‘Tanah’.


5. Hit the beach clubs and restaurants


Although Canggu is culturally-driven, it is becoming popular for its hip cafes, seafood restaurants, and beach clubs. The nightlife in Canggu is on the rise to becoming at par with towns like Seminyak. With good music and a chill vibe amidst the verdure of Canggu’s landscape is conducive to more than one memorable experience. There are many beach clubs to check out including Finns Beach Club, La Brisa, The Lawn, and COMO; each serving heavenly wines, expert concoctions, and good food. Some of the restaurants that are a favourite amongst travellers include Deus Ex Machina, The Shady Shack, Old Man’s, and The Beach House. 

Belynda is Bravely Promoting Breast Cancer Awareness

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Desert Blue Connect will be holding a Braving Breast Cancer: Breast Awareness Event on Friday 26th October 2018 to raise awareness of breast cancer and fundraise for So Brave, a charity that supports young breast cancer survivors.   

Belynda Mills, local Mullewa mother of two and breast cancer survivor is the special guest speaker, who will talk on her breast cancer journey and her recent ambassador work for So Brave.  Sharon, the Women’s Health Nurse at Desert Blue Connect will also explain to women how to do a self-breast examination.  The women’s health evening will have fun interactive activities, refreshments and raffles. 

Belynda is passionate about raising awareness of breast cancer in young women and is an ambassador and supporter of So Brave.  She features in the 2019 So Brave calendar which is a visual representation of the metamorphosis that each survivor has undergone, both through her experience with her breast cancer diagnosis and through the uplifting transformation of a full body paint and photoshoot session.  The calendar raises awareness and money to fight breast cancer and will be available on the night for $33.  

“Raising funds for breast cancer research is so important”, said Belynda.  “It’s only through continued research that advances in treatment and the eradication of breast cancer will happen.” 

“Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women aged 20-39 and young women tend to have poorer survival outcomes compared to older women. Breast cancer does not discriminate and it’s just so important that all women regularly check their breasts, regardless of age. Finding breast cancer early provides the best chance to surviving the disease,” she continued. 

The Braving Breast Cancer: Breast Awareness Event will be held on Friday 26th October 2018, 6pm to 9pm at the Desert Blue Connect Studio, 28 Durlacher Street, Geraldton.   

Tickets are $25 and are available at Desert Blue Connect reception or on Eventbrite at 

Further information on So Brave can be found at

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Desert Blue Connect provide a range of free or low cost services that include women’s health, rural support services, men’s services, family violence response, primary prevention and crisis accommodation for women and children.   

The women’s health program at Desert Blue Connect offers a range of health and wellbeing services that are provided free to women. They include pregnancy tests, STI testing, continence information, relationship/sexual health advice, contraception and mental health support (including perinatal).  

For an appointment at Desert Blue Connect, call 9964 2742 or drop into the office at 25 Chapman Road in Geraldton.  

Council votes in favour of extended trading hours

Council have endorsed the continuation of extended general retail trading hours in Geraldton at last night’s Council meeting. 

After what Council agreed was a “community decision”, the City will now seek approval from Minister for Commerce William Johnston, to align retail hours with Metropolitan Perth on an ongoing basis. 

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the decision was what the community wanted. 

“We’re not doing anything radical, this is what our community members have asked for,” he said. 

“These are very standard hours, which are actually less than what most centres enjoy so we see it as a fair compromise. 

“Our goals are to stimulate broader local economic activity, by activating business precincts, and – most importantly, to meet the expressed needs and preferences of the community. 

“And we’re doing exactly that.” 

A 12-month trial of extended general retail trading hours was officially introduced in October last year after being given the tick of approval by the Minister. 

As part of the trial, a comprehensive review was undertaken in the form of two independent surveys commissioned by the City including a survey on community views and on impact and views of the business community. 

Survey reports confirmed 63 per cent of community respondents were in support of continuing extended trading hours. 

“Extended trading hours has been very well received by our community since the trial and this is a big step in the right direction for the growth of our City,” Mayor Van Styn added. 

“We are continuing to diversify our economy and if we want to be a regional city of choice for investors we need to be prepared and flexible.” 

The City will now seek approval from the Minister for continuation on an ongoing basis of general retail trading hours, aligned with Metropolitan Perth.


Retail trading hours will be as follows:

  • 8.00 am – 9.00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday;

  • 8.00 am – 5.00 pm on Saturday;

  • 11.00 am – 5.00 pm on Sunday;

  • 11.00 am – 5.00 pm on public holidays;

  • Closed on Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day;

Beresford Foreshore activation gets green light

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With the Beresford Foreshore Enhancement Project nearing completion, Council has given the green light to further activation of the area by providing two locations for temporary services or facilities to operate from.

The Foreshore Use and Development Policy was amended by Council at their Meeting on 25 September to include space at Midalia’s Beach for temporary services or facilities and another space at the Dean Street node for multi-use mobile orientated businesses.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the inclusion of the two sites in the Policy aligned with community aspirations for low-key activation of the Foreshore.

“In a community survey conducted in 2016, sporting equipment hire or lessons and food and drink outlets ranked 4th and 5th respectively on a list of services or amenities the community said would improve the Beresford Foreshore,” he said.

“Even though the Foreshore has only been partially open since last Thursday, it is already swarming with people walking, jogging or riding bikes along the promenade.

“Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a coffee or snack whilst taking in the fantastic ocean views or treat the kids to some ice cream whilst they are playing on the beach or in the soon to be completed nature playground?”

An Expression of Interest (EOI) for commercial activities for both the Dean Street and Midalia’s Beach locations will be issued in early October.

For more information, please visit the City’s website

HBF Members Special Deals at SpecSavers

At Specsavers, there’s no better time to be a HBF member.

Right now, HBF members can get two styles, no gap on glasses from the $149 range including single vision lenses. Multifocals or Bi-focals can be purchased at an extra cost 

Offer ends September 30. Conditions apply.

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Police Minister unable to confirm whereabouts of sex offenders

Shadow Minister for Police Peter Katsambanis has called on the State Government to immediately reassure the public that police know the whereabouts of all 58 suspects charged with child sex offences as a result of Operation Fledermaus.

Mr Katsambanis said it defied belief that Minister for Police Michelle Roberts could not yesterday confirm to Parliament if any of the 58 men charged with 349 child sex offences as a result of Operation Fledermaus were in custody, or whether police knew the whereabouts of those not in custody.

“What the Minister is saying is that these offenders could be living anywhere in the State and she cannot confirm the police know their whereabouts,” Mr Katsambanis said.

“The Minister could not, even with almost 24 hours’ notice of the question, tell Parliament if any of the 58 offenders and alleged offenders were on the sex offenders register.”

Shadow Minister for Child Protection Nick Goiran, who asked for the information in Legislative Council Question Time, said Minister Roberts requested his question be put on notice, effectively allowing her to avoid answering for more than a month.

“This latest abuse of the Parliamentary question process adds to the shameful list of contradictory, obstructive and obtuse answers the Minister for Child Protection Simone McGurk has provided around the outcome of Operation Fledermaus,” Mr Goiran said.

“WA Police told the media more than a year ago that 184 child victims were identified in Operation Fledermaus, recently the Minister for Police told Parliament there are 50 victims.

“Were there ever 184 victims? Who were the other 134 children Minister McGurk, after eight months of questioning, assured the public were not in the care of a person either charged or convicted of child abuse?

“It has to be asked if anyone in this Government knows what is happening with victims in Roebourne and the West Pilbara.

“I can only imagine the outcry if 58 men in one Perth suburb were charged with child abuse and the Minister could not reassure the public that police knew the whereabouts of all those charged or convicted.”

WASO Regional Tour

WASO come to Geraldton! Don’t miss the West Australian Symphony Orchestra perform works by two of the most loved composers of all time. Featuring WASO’s acclaimed Concertmaster Laurence Jackson as soloist and concluding with everybody’s favourite 5th symphony!

Thursday 1 November at 7.30pm.

Visit for more info and to book.

eSafety Parent Presentation


Free event. 

Children are exposed to online content in their preschool years. Behaviours like cyberbullying begin at primary school. Peer pressure can cause poor online decisions for many teenagers.

Hear from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner on empowering young people, parents and carers to manage online issues.

Commit to your child’s online safety by attending this presentation from one of Australia’s leading online safety experts.

Date: Monday 8 October

Time: 7pm - 9pm

Location: Geraldton Grammar School

To book your place:

Carson Terrace Dental Care welcomes Dr Sina Sabeti

Carson Terrace Dental Care welcomes Dr Sina Sabeti.

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Dr Sabeti can provide general dental care in our clinic and also under general anaesthesia if required. Book online at or phone 99214622.


Changes to aquatic facilities

With the weather starting to warm up, the City of Greater Geraldton would like to advise the summer operating times to the local aquatic facilities.


  • Leisure pool re-opens Monday 10 September
  • Outdoor pool re-opens Monday 17 September
  • Summer hours commence Monday 17 September:
  • Monday- Friday 5.30am-8pm
  • Saturday 8am-6pm
  • Sunday 9am- 6pm

Water Park

  • The Water Park located on the Foreshore re-opens Friday 21 September
  • Operating hours daily 9am-6pm

Mullewa Pool

  • Mullewa Pool re-opens Saturday 27 October
  • Monday- Pool Closed
  • Tuesday- Sunday 11am-6pm

For more information, contact the City on (08)9956 6600 or email

Specialist child sexual abuse prevention education - "Protective Behaviours" being offered in Geraldton

Desert Blue Connect have organised Protective Behaviours WA to deliver a 2 day certified training of their “Protective Behaviours” program in Geraldton on September 17 & 18th.   “Protective Behaviours” is a child-focused sexual abuse prevention education program that teaches children, young people and adults a range of skills and strategies to help prevent and reduce child sexual abuse in the community.

Desert Blue Connect uses a whole of community approach to provide strategies that aim to prevent child abuse and children’s exposure to family violence.  One approach is to provide professional learning for teachers, school support staff, youth workers, chaplains, police, or other professionals who work with children so they can provide this specialised program in a variety of education and care settings. 

Child sexual abuse prevention education usually takes place in schools and early childhood settings, however it can also be provided in sporting clubs, youth groups and other community settings where children learn, live and play.


“We are offering this specialist training to a range of educators and teachers but we also encourage anyone who has a role working with children or who has an interest in child sexual abuse prevention to attend”, said Ms. Camp, Senior Community Educator at Desert Blue Connect.

“It’s all about learning how to support children and keep them safe.  Participants will learn various protective behaviour strategies they can then teach to children, which promotes safety and wellbeing, and improves the children’s resilience.”

“The training manual is provided in the cost and we will have a range of resources available for participants to take home with them”, said Ms. Camp.

Protective Behaviours WA are offering their universal Foundations Training which is recommended for service providers working in education, child protection, children’s services, early education & care, youth services, disability services, family violence services, accommodation services, crime prevention and Indigenous services.

The Foundations Training will be held on 17th and 18th of September 2018 from 9:00am to 4:00pm at the Desert Blue Connect Studio, 28 Durlacher Street, Geraldton.  The cost is $300 which includes training manuals, morning tea and lunch.

Tickets are available at Desert Blue Connect reception, 25 Chapman Road, Geraldton or via Eventbrite

If you would like any further information about the training, contact Christine at Desert Blue Connect or by phoning 9964 2742.

Desert Blue Connect offer specialist education in sexuality and relationship, respectful relationship and child protection and abuse prevention.  This is offered to professionals, individuals, community organisations and schools and is customised to meet the specific needs whilst using a whole of community approach.  Please contact Desert Blue Connect for further information on 9964 2742 or email

Desert Blue Connect provide a range of free or low cost services that include women’s health, rural support services, family violence response, primary prevention and crisis accommodation for women and children.  

For an appointment at Desert Blue Connect, call 9964 2742 or drop into the office at 25 Chapman Road in Geraldton.


Letter to the Editor: RE Chapman Valley Highway Opposition Group


My name is Tenille and I am a resident of Howatharra in Chapman Valley, along with my partner and our 8 year old son. We have lived on our beautiful property for three years now, which we bought for the peace and quiet, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Not three weeks after we had moved in we received a letter from Main Roads stating their intentions on building a new highway between Dongara and Northampton. There were different options you could vote on, but the one Main Roads supports is to build a whole brand new highway right through the middle of my property. This would also go straight through a nature reserve and very close to others. We also have the rare and endangered Black Carnaby Cockatoo frequent our area foraging for food, what will happen to them if we take more of their land? I did not buy my property to then have to sit on my front porch and watch and listen to trucks and cars pass by, I'd have stayed in Geraldton if I wanted that. Yes I believe we need to get the trucks and heavy vehicles out of Geraldton and Northampton, but why spend all that extra money building a new highway went there is one already there that can be expanded on!

As a concerned community we have formed a group called the Chapman Valley Highway Opposition Group. But don't let the name stop you, we welcome all affected communities to join us: Northampton, Dongara and Geraldton. Did you know that if they build a new highway the old existing one gets "gifted" to the relevant shires. And what does this mean? Rates go up to cover the maintenance and upkeep of the old road. Who needs to be paying more rates?!

We have a community meeting Wednesday 22nd August at the Nabawa Hall at 6pm and we welcome everyone to join us! We have petitions circulating the area and will be at both the Chapman Valley and Northampton Shows to answer any of your questions. For more info, & a list of petition locations & info on what you can do to help, you can email, find us on Facebook - Chapman Valley Highway Opposition Group, or our website is

Tenille Webb
Chapman Valley Highway Opposition Group
0409 372 774


Celebration of blooms at wildflower festival


The Midwest is experiencing one of its best wildflower seasons in years but if you can’t find the time to get out and do some exploring, the Mullewa Wildflower Festival ‘Outback Bloom’ is for you! 

Outback Bloom is one of the biggest wildflower celebrations in the region and showcases a huge collection of flora as well as art and displays.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the event was in its 32nd year and would be one of the biggest ones yet.

“Outback Bloom is the perfect place to see the region’s wildflower species on display and because of all the rain we have had this year, our local flora is looking as vibrant as ever,” he said.

“The Midwest has over 12,000 wildflower species making it one of the largest in the world.

“It’s great that all of these blooming beauties will be in one location for everyone to see and enjoy, and I commend the Mullewa community for bringing everyone together for this great celebration.”

Mullewa Community Resource Centre Coordinator Colby Elliott said this year’s display would be a sight to behold.

“This year’s wildflower season is off to a cracking start and there are masses of colours everywhere,” he said.

“Our local licensed collectors, pick species under strict licence from Department of Parks and Wildlife, for display and scientific purpose for our event.

“It’s great that we can bring all of the Midwest’s native flora under one roof for a big celebration.”

Outback Bloom will kick off on Thursday 23 August and run until Sunday 26 August. Attendees can see the displays from 9am to 4pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 9am to 2pmon Sunday.

Tickets can be purchased from the Mullewa Community Resource Centre and range from $5 per person to $1.

Visitors to the event will be able to explore wildflower displays, grab something to eat and explore a souvenir stall.

The 85th Mullewa Agriculture Show coincides on the same weekend and has everything from monster trucks, Bubble Muffin Kids Cooking Club, circus challenge play zone, sideshow alley, fireworks, the quick shear and the popular LiveLighter Mullewa Gift.

For more information about Outback Bloom, visit


Government must act on public sector corruption

The State Opposition has called on the McGowan Government to undertake an urgent, independent review into public sector procurement practices, in the wake of two Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) reports which revealed corruption within the WA public sector.

Shadow Minister for Government Accountability Tjorn Sibma said the Opposition shared the public’s anger at CCC findings of corrupt behaviour by bureaucrats at both the North Metropolitan Health Service (NMHS) and Horizon Power.

“Given the alarming revelations in these two reports, and Commission’s concerns this systematic bribery and corruption could be more widespread, it is important for all senior executives in the public sector and indeed the entire Cabinet to take this matter exceptionally seriously,” Mr Sibma said.

“We need an independent reviewer to perform a detailed examination of the issues highlighted in the reports to identify why we have a system that permits corruption like this to occur over the course of many year, and to provide recommendations for improvement.”

Mr Sibma offered the Opposition’s bipartisan commitment to assist the Government to address this problem in order to restore public confidence in the WA public sector.

“It is concerning that we have a system that seems to rely on whistle-blowers at the bottom and independent agencies at the top” he said.

“We need to drive better systems of accountability within the agencies and also hold these directors general of these departments responsible for the performance of their staff.

“There is opportunity to bolster internal audit and performance management to limit the misappropriation of public funds, restore public confidence, and protect the reputation of the overwhelming majority of public servants who do the right thing.

“We also need to provide confidence to the vast majority of private sector contractors who behave ethically when dealing with the State Government.”

Round three of Safer Communities Fund now open

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price has called on local councils and community organisations in Durack to apply for a share of up to $1 million in funding through the Safer Communities Fund which is now open for round 3.

The Safer Communities Fund is a Federal Government commitment to keep Australians safe and secure by enhancing the efforts of local councils and community organisations to address crime and antisocial behaviour.

“I encourage councils and community organisations in my electorate to apply through the third round of funding for security enhancement projects, including for initiatives such as CCTV, bollards, lighting and crime prevention through environmental design initiatives,” Ms Price said.

Due to the program’s success, the Federal Government announced in May, an additional $30 million in funding from assets confiscated by the Commonwealth as proceeds of crime.

Round 3 will be split across two types of grant opportunities:

  • About $18 million for infrastructure grants; and
  • About $12 million for early intervention grants.

“As well as the infrastructure stream, I’m excited to announce that the third round includes the separate early intervention stream for community organisations to deliver crime prevention, or activity based youth engagement projects,” Ms Price said.

The two funding streams provide a robust example of the Government’s commitment to the safety and security of local communities.

Applications for the infrastructure stream close on 25 September 2018. Information on how to apply for funding is available on the Australian Government’s Safer Communities Fund – Infrastructure Stream website at, or by calling 13 28 46.

Applications under the early intervention stream will open on 28 August 2018 and close on 25 September 2018.  Information on how to apply for funding is available on the Australian Government’s Safer Communities Fund – Early Intervention Stream website at or by calling 13 28 46.

Community organisations work together to raise awareness of family violence in our community


The Geraldton community are invited to a Walk or Run White Ribbon Fundraiser on Sunday 26th August, 2018 starting time is 9:00am from the Geraldton Foreshore.  This event is being organised by the Mid West-Gascoyne Domestic Violence Response Team who hold an annual event to raise awareness of family violence in the Geraldton community. 

“This year we have teamed up with Geraldton Harriers to hold a walk or run event”, said Senior Constable Renai Gildersleeve.  “We have designed it to be an outside community event where everyone can come along and join in.”

“Our message this year is that everyone can make a difference when it comes to preventing violence”, said SC Gildersleeve.  “We are encouraging everyone to wear a white t-shirt to support the event.”

The Walk or Run 2km or 6km event will be held on Sunday 26th August 2018 starting at 9:00am from the Geraldton Foreshore (near the Yacht Club). 
A breakfast barbecue will follow the Walk or Run.

Tickets are available at Desert Blue Connect reception, 25 Chapman Road, Geraldton or available on event day.  Costs are $10 for adults and $5 for children, please keep your ticket to collect your medal on the day.  All fees paid will be donated to White Ribbon.

The Walk or Run White Ribbon Fundraiser is a partnership between Western Australia Police, Department of Communities, Geraldton Harriers, Desert Blue Connect, and Mission Australia.

Sponsors for the event include Telstra Store Geraldton, Neighbourhood Watch, Water Corporation, Bunnings Geraldton, Mid-West Clontarf Academy and Rigters IGA Supermarket.

If you would like any further information, contact Senior Constable Renai Gildersleeve on 9923 4633 or Tracie McGiffin-Singh on 9923 4590.

White Ribbon Australia aims to create an Australian society where all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse.  It is a non-for-profit organisation that works through a primary prevention approach in schools, workplaces and communities across Australia.  Through their programs and campaigns, White Ribbon engages with men to be part of the social change needed to prevent men’s violence against women.  Further information can be found at

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If you feel unsafe or would like confidential advice please call:

  • WA Police for immediate help 000
  • Desert Blue Connect – Geraldton 9964 2472
  • 1800 respect on 1800 737 732

Come & Play at the Geraldton Grammar School Early Learning Centre

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Geraldton Grammar School offers kindergarten programs especially for 3 and 4 year old children with highly qualified, experienced early childhood teachers in a beautiful environment. With the facilities only a K-12 campus can offer, their kindergarten programs are exciting places of fun and learning!

Do you want to have a look at Geraldton Grammar School’s Early Learning Centre? Then join them at their next Come and Play morning on Wednesday 5 September. You will get to meet the staff and experience their facilities. It is at the Junior Kindy Room at 134 George Rd, 9am to 10:30am. Alternatively, you can arrange a tour of the campus by calling 9965 7800.