Perth Mod­ern school plan

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

PERTH Mod­ern School board has pro­posed the con­struc­tion of a new pub­lic school along­side the his­toric Subiaco his­toric site in a bid to keep its aca­dem­i­cally se­lect stu­dents from be­ing moved to a new CBD high school.

Un­der the new State Gov­ern­ment’s Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tral Plan, the schools bright­est pupils would be re­lo­cated to a new multi-storey school in North­bridge by 2020.

Perth Mod­ern would then be re­opened to lo­cal stu­dents.

Mark Mcgowan’s elec­tion prom­ise was to es­tab­lish the Perth Aca­demic Col­lege, re­plac­ing the aca­dem­i­cally se­lect school cur­rently op­er­at­ing at Perth Mod­ern.

The ver­ti­cal high school will be cus­tom de­signed, with the CBD site pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to take ad­van­tage of the ex­ist­ing trans­port hub around the Perth Train Sta­tion, and in­cludes Mem­o­ran­dums of Un­der­stand­ing with a range of ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing the State Theatre Cen­tre, the Art Gallery of WA and the State Li­brary.

The new 17,000sqm Aca­demic Col­lege will be in­clude the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and equip­ment for gifted stu­dents.

How­ever, the board’s al­ter­na­tive pro­posal has the back­ing of the school’s P&C and the Perth Moder­nian So­ci­ety.

Perth Mod­ern So­ci­ety Pres­i­dent Peter Farr said in a state­ment that de­spite gen­uine con­cerns ex­pressed from stu­dents, par­ents, the school board, school ad­min­is­tra­tion and the gen­eral pub­lic, the ed­u­ca­tion cen­tral plan is go­ing ahead.

Mr Farr said it was amaz­ing that Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Sue Ellery had not held a meet­ing with key stake­hold­ers on the pro­posal, and seemed to have as­sumed that a fork­lift trans­fer of stu­dents would work out fine.

“The pub­lic can, in May, ex­pect to see more vo­cal op­po­si­tion led by the Save Perth Mod­ern Ac­tion Group,” he said.

The board’s pro­posal would re­sult in a new lo­cal-en­try 7800sqm school be­ing built next to Perth Mod­ern.

Min­is­ter Ellery re­sponded to the Perth Mod­ern School Board’s pro­posal, say­ing that the State Gov­ern­ment would be mak­ing an an­nounce­ment about how the Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tral Plan will progress in the com­ing weeks.

His­toric Perth Mod­ern School Build­ings.

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