Have your say on school up­grade

Stirling Times - - News - To reg­is­ter in­ter­est, call 9207 1538 or email david.michael@mp.wa.gov.au.

FEED­BACK is in­vited on plans for the Bal­catta Se­nior High School re­de­vel­op­ment fol­low­ing the ap­point­ment of an ar­chi­tect for its de­sign.

Perth ar­chi­tec­ture firm Has­sell will de­sign the $50 mil­lion project, which aims to up­grade the school’s 1967-built fa­cil­i­ties to mod­ern and high-qual­ity ameni­ties.

The first stage of con­struc­tion is ex­pected to start early next year and is likely to in­clude a per­form­ing arts cen­tre, sports hall and new hu­man­i­ties and English, de­sign and tech­nolo­gies, science and ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ings.

Build­ings on Poin­care Street will be ren­o­vated in line with Her­itage Coun­cil re­quire­ments for the sec­ond stage, with work ex­pected to fin­ish by the end of 2021.

The re­de­vel­op­ment is part of an elec­tion com­mit­ment made by the State Gov­ern­ment last year.

Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Min­is­ter Sue Ellery said the school’s fa­cil­i­ties had long needed up­grades.

“This re­de­vel­op­ment will en­sure stu­dents have ac­cess to the best pos­si­ble learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

“When con­struc­tion is com­plete, the school will have ca­pac­ity to wel­come more than 1000 stu­dents from years 7 to 12.”

Bal­catta MLA David Michael en­cour­aged res­i­dents and the school com­mu­nity to be part of con­sul­ta­tion start­ing this term.

“The teach­ers and school staff at Bal­catta Se­nior High School are al­ready com­mit­ted to giv­ing lo­cal kids the best ed­u­ca­tion; the new fa­cil­i­ties will en­sure stu­dents con­tinue to reach their full po­ten­tial,” he said.

“I will be driv­ing con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity to en­sure that the school we end up with is the one that the com­mu­nity needs.”

The school will have ca­pac­ity to wel­come more than 1000 stu­dents

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