Record student numbers for 2017
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
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.