‘Seis­mic change’ as schools ex­pand

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By SOPHIE GABRIELLE

ED­U­CA­TION Min­is­ter Peter Col­lier says mov­ing Year 7 to high school was the right decision but has put pres­sure on the pub­lic school sys­tem.

Mr Col­lier was at the open­ing cer­e­mony for Shen­ton Col­lege’s newly fin­ished $9.15 mil­lion Year 7 build­ing this month.

He said WA’s school sys­tem was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing seis­mic change.

The ar­rival of Year 7 next year will bring Shen­ton Col­lege’s stu­dent en­rol­ments to about 1900.

“Stu­dents join­ing Shen­ton Col­lege will ben­e­fit from pur­pose- built class­rooms, mod­ern spe­cial­ist fa­cil­i­ties and highly tal­ented, ded­i­cated staff,” he said.

The new build­ing has eight gen­eral class­rooms, an in­clu­sive ed­u­ca­tion class­room, a sci­ence lab­o­ra­tory, drama and dance stu­dio, a staff study, staff and stu­dent toi­lets and land­scaped ar­eas.

Mr Col­lier also opened Church­lands Se­nior High School’s new Year 7 fa­cil­i­ties on the same day.

The pub­lic school will un­dergo a $49.5 mil­lion ex­pan­sion to meet the needs of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions in Perth’s grow­ing western sub­urbs.

Mr Col­lier said a fur­ther $38.8 mil­lion project would boost the school’s ca­pac­ity to pro­vide for an ex­tra 500 stu­dents from 2018.

Fa­cil­i­ties will in­clude a teach­ing block with nine class­rooms, a sci­ence block with 10 lab­o­ra­to­ries and a prepa­ra­tion room and a man­ual arts teach­ing block com­pris­ing a wood­work work­shop, two metal work­shops, a jew­ellery­robotics work­shop and stores.

There will be a sports hall with two bas­ket­ball courts and change rooms, a foot­ball oval with the re­lo­ca­tion of four hard courts and con­ver­sion of an old wood­work room into a com­mer­cial food stu­dio.

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