Year 7s wel­comed to a new build­ing

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS - Lynn Gri­er­son

STU­DENTS at Les­mur­die Se­nior High School have started the year with the ad­di­tion of a $2.6mil­lion build­ing de­signed to make a state­ment about the school’s pro­gres­sive ap­proach to­wards learn­ing.

Prin­ci­pal John Stone said the school worked closely with Perth ar­chi­tect Rob An­son to en­sure the con­tem­po­rary block, pri­mar­ily for Year 7 stu­dents, com­ple­mented the tra­di­tional style of the sur­round­ing build­ings.

“I think this build­ing sig­ni­fies where the school is head­ing and makes a state­ment, it’s mod­ern and shows we’re mov- ing with the times,” Mr Stone said.

For­mer Les­mur­die SHS teacher and now Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Peter Col­lier opened the Year 7 block last Fri­day.

“With the ad­di­tion of in­com­ing Year 7 stu­dents, Les­mur­die Se­nior High School has more than 1060 stu­dents this year, up from 846 last year,” Mr Col­lier said.

“Year 7 stu­dents now learn more in-depth con­tent in each sub­ject and there are higher ex­pec­ta­tions placed on them in terms of the knowl­edge and skills they need to gain.

“Th­ese new fa­cil­i­ties mean the stu­dents have a bril­liant learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.”

The fa­cil­i­ties in­clude class­rooms, ac­tiv­ity spa­ces and staff ar­eas.

Ev­ery stu­dent year in the school will use the fa­cil­ity for lessons in hu­man­i­ties and science and ben­e­fit from the tech­no­log­i­cally smart de­sign and state-of-the-art teach­ing aids.

In ad­di­tion, a $55,000 cov­ered out­door walk­way funded by the school links the nearby li­brary and other ar­eas of the school.

“The new build­ing pro­vides a fresh ad­di­tion to the front of the school with the ex­ten­sive use of rock for the build­ing sur­rounds in keep­ing with the lo­cal land­scape,” the min­is­ter said.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt­mu­ni­ d433477

Teacher Juanita Stafford and stu­dents Charli Ox­ford and Liam No­taro en­joy the new fa­cil­i­ties.

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