$39m to ex­pand school

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

CHURCH­LANDS Se­nior High School is set to be­come the largest public sec­ondary school in WA by 2018.

Al­most $39 mil­lion will be spent ex­pand­ing the school, with the project set to be com­pleted by the end of the 2018 school year.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Peter Col­lier last week re­leased a more de­tailed timeline of the project, which was an­nounced in De­cem­ber, af­ter the State Bud­get was handed down.

He said the 2018 works, which would be com­pleted in two stages, were nec­es­sary for the school to ac­com­mo­date in­creased stu­dent num­bers.

“The school is experiencing a trend of growth in stu­dent en­rol­ments,” Mr Col­lier said.

The num­ber of full-time stu­dents rose by 23 from 2012 to 2013, but from 2013 to 2014 it rose by 85 to a to­tal of 1566. With the ad­di­tion of Year 7 stu­dents this year, the school had more than 700 new stu­dents.

Stage 1 of the works, which will in­clude dou­ble-storey science and art blocks, sports hall and 18 class­rooms on the south­ern end of the school grounds, are ex­pected to be com­pleted by Jan­uary 2018.

Stage 2 is set to be com­pleted by Septem­ber the same year with the gym­na­sium de­mol­ished to make way for a tech­nolo­gies block, which will in­clude wood­work, met­al­work, jew­ellery and ma­chine room.

The ma­jor ex­pan­sion will come af­ter $10.7 mil­lion was spent last year for a Year 7 build­ing, which has nine class­rooms, two science labs, vis­ual and per­form­ing arts stu­dios, and an IT lab­o­ra­tory.

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d438123

Church­lands Se­nior High School prin­ci­pal Neil Hunt.

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