New school worth the wait
TOP FACILITIES, TEACHERS
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.
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.