New school worth the wait


North Coast Times - - NEWS -

TEACH­ERS at Yanchep Sec­ondary Col­lege pushed off their first term with a bike build­ing project.

Deputy prin­ci­pal Sharon Tay­lor said staff worked in groups dur­ing a team-build­ing ex­er­cise ahead of the start of school.

Ms Tay­lor said they built 10 bikes on Jan­uary 29, which the Yanchep Two Rocks Lions Club will do­nate to lo­cal fam­i­lies who would ben­e­fit from them.

Teach­ers wel­comed the first co­hort of about 600 stu­dents on Wed­nes­day, and Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Sue Ellery of­fi­cially opened the $43.5 mil­lion school that af­ter­noon.

“The open­ing of Yanchep Sec­ondary Col­lege will en­sure stu­dents in the Yanchep, Two Rocks and Lancelin com­mu­ni­ties can com­plete their sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion at the one school,” Ms Ellery said.

“Lo­cal stu­dents will be learn­ing in state-of-the-art class­rooms and lab­o­ra­to­ries, fit­ted with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy.

“Stu­dents will have fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­ni­ties at this new school, par­tic­u­larly in cod­ing and pro­gram­ming, ma­rine sci­ence and a fo­cus on the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment – a per­fect link with Yanchep Na­tional Park.”

But­ler MLA John Quigley said Yanchep res­i­dents should be proud of the school they “fought so long to get built” that would cater for up to 1200 stu­dents in the “rapidly grow­ing area”.

“Stu­dents who were forced to travel all the way to But­ler for years 11 and 12 will be able to com­plete their sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion lo­cally at one of the most mod­ern schools in the State,” he said.

“The prin­ci­pal, Dr James Kent, has al­most three decades ex­pe­ri­ence in ed­u­ca­tion and spe­cial­ist knowl­edge in STEM, which will be of huge ben­e­fit to lo­cal stu­dents.”

The school will have a fo­cus on the ocean and nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment us­ing the nearby Yanchep Na­tional Park.

Stu­dents will also learn cod­ing and pro­gram­ming, and fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a gym­na­sium, out­door sports fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing an oval, hockey, soc­cer field and eight multi-pur­pose courts.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d478718

Wheels of progress: Luke Stevens (6) with Lor­raine Alvin, Mal­colm Gow and An­nie Purdy (Lions Club) Dar­ren Brady and Ash­leigh Houri­gan (To­tal Team Build­ing) and teach­ers.

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