$50m for Shen­ton Col­lege

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Lisa Thomas

SHEN­TON Col­lege will un­dergo a $49.5 mil­lion ex­pan­sion to ac­com­mo­date an ad­di­tional 1000 stu­dents af­ter se­cur­ing fund­ing in last week’s 2016-17 State Bud­get.

The fund­ing will pay for a new senior wing for the school, an ad­di­tional 24 class­rooms, a per­form­ing arts cen­tre and a state-ofthe-art sports hall to seat 1000 peo­ple.

Shen­ton Col­lege prin­ci­pal Chris Hill said the fund­ing would al­low for the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion at the school, which was ex­pected to have 3500 stu­dents by 2026.

Mr Hill said the build­ing would be one of the largest con­structed on a WA school site.

“The for­ward plan­ning was in place, but we were not aware we were go­ing to get the fund­ing,” he said.

“The school com­mu­nity is very happy that the Govern­ment has seen this project through.

“We be­lieve the fa­cil­ity will be state-of-the-art.

“The school will have ded­i­cated mu­sic and arts fa­cil­i­ties for the first time and im­proved vis­ual arts, as well as a mega­tron­ics and ro­bot­ics lab­o­ra­tory.”

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Peter Col­lier said the ex­pan­sion would al­low for the col­lege’s grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity.

“New class­rooms and specialist fa­cil­i­ties are needed be­cause of the enor­mous pop­u­lar­ity and suc­cess of Shen­ton Col­lege,” he said.

“Shen­ton Col­lege is a large school but it is by no means cramped. We are en­sur­ing it stays that way through this $49.5 mil­lion in­vest­ment.”

Mr Col­lier said ad­di­tional fund­ing had been al­lo­cated to western sub­urbs schools to com­bat grow­ing en­rol­ments.

“Fund­ing of $38.8 mil­lion has al­ready been al­lo­cated to ex­pand Church­lands Senior High School by 2018,” he said.

“The govern­ment has also al­lo­cated $1 mil­lion in the State Bud­get for plan­ning a new sec­ondary school in the western sub­urbs.”

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