Fre­man­tle Col­lege opens


Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Leah Roberts

FRE­MAN­TLE Col­lege of­fi­cially opened its doors on Wed­nes­day.

The school caters for for­mer Hamil­ton Hill Se­nior High School and South Fre­man­tle High School stu­dents, as well as new high school­ers.

A cer­e­mony on Thurs­day was at­tended by Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Sue Ellery , Fre­man­tle MHR Josh Wil­son, Fre­man­tle MLA Si­mone McGurk, Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt and Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett .

Year 7 stu­dent Dy­lan Son­ntag said it was “awe­some” to at­tend the high school.

“There are so many things to do; I am part of the ICT (in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy) spe­cial­ist pro­gram which fo­cuses on com­put­ing and cod­ing,” he said.

“My favourite sub­ject is maths but I’m re­ally ex­cited to study ev­ery­thing.”

The sen­ti­ment was shared by Year 10 stu­dent Ju­lian McWaters, who said it was great to at­tend a brand new school.

“I am ex­cited to the new ex­pe­ri­ences and do­ing ATAR sub­jects. I am in the spe­cial­ist mu­sic course, where I’m study­ing con­tem­po­rary mu­sic on the piano,” he said.

School prin­ci­pal Myles Draper said it had been a great start to the new year.

“We had 250 Year 7 stu­dents, 100 staff mem­bers and 800 stu­dents from Year 8 to 12 be­gin­ning at the school,” he said.

“Great to see every­one so en­thu­si­as­tic and pas­sion­ate for what they do.”

The school has a range of new fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing a 50m swim­ming pool, col­lab­o­ra­tive spa­ces, a per­form­ing arts and mu­sic cen­tre.

Ms McGurk said it was re­ally ex­cit­ing that the school is now open.

“There was a lot of hard work put into the school by a range of com­mu­nity mem­bers want­ing a high stan­dard of pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion,” she said.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d478896

Kiana Ralph, Sam Tay­lor, Freya Mit­son-Clarke and Jack Bradley.

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