‘Seismic change’ as schools expand
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.