Record stu­dent num­bers for 2017

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS: WA/SA - EMMA DAVIES

ACROSS WA al­most 300,000 pub­lic school stu­dents have started the school year, as with new four pri­mary schools and a new high school open their doors for the first time in

2017.

At the of­fi­cial open­ing of the new Har­ris­dale Se­nior High School, Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett said it was one of WA’S most tech­ni­cally ad­vanced high schools.

“This $56 mil­lion school is state-of-the-art,” he said.

“It has the very best fa­cil­i­ties avail­able and the com­mu­nity is rightly, ex­tremely proud.”

Stu­dents have ac­cess to a tech­nol­ogy and en­ter­prise cen­tre, food tech­nol­ogy lab­o­ra­tory, tex­tiles stu­dio, gym­na­sium and fit­ness cen­tre, and wire­less tech­nol­ogy through­out the school.

“There are a record num­ber of stu­dents this year – more than 450,000 with nearly

300,000 in pub­lic schools alone – and there is a teacher in front of ev­ery class­room across the State,” said Mr Bar­nett.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Peter Col­lier said that pub­lic schools would ben­e­fit from the big­gest ever amount of fund­ing this year;

$4.84 bil­lion in 2016-17 in­creas­ing to $4.97 bil­lion in 2017-18.

“There are nearly 23,000 pub­lic school teach­ers in class­rooms and more than 7500 ed­u­ca­tion as­sis­tants sup­port­ing stu­dents,” Mr Col­lier said.

Prin­ci­pal Leila Bothams, who forged a first-class rep­u­ta­tion as a leader at Ross­moyne Se­nior High School, said Har­ris­dale Se­nior High School would pro­vide stu­dents with a modern ed­u­ca­tion with a global out­look.

“Our team of experienced and grad­u­ate teach­ers will nur­ture stu­dents’ prob­lem solv­ing and cre­ativ­ity, with learn­ing pro­grams built around ex­ten­sion, chal­lenge and en­rich­ment,” Ms Bothams said.

“I will work with teach­ers and sup­port staff, our par­ents and com­mu­nity to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment where ev­ery child can en­joy suc­cess at school.”

Ms Bothams is a strong sup­porter of pro­fes­sional learn­ing, mak­ing con­nec­tions with uni­ver­si­ties, com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion and schools over­seas to ben­e­fit her stu­dents.

Four new pub­lic pri­mary schools also opened in WA this year, in­clud­ing Alki­mos Beach Pri­mary School, Bal­divis Gar­dens Pri­mary School, Carn­aby Rise Pri­mary School, and Wood­land Grove Pri­mary School.

Har­ris­dale Se­nior High School opens its doors.

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