The good oil for In­ter­na­tional

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - By LISA THOMAS

CITY Beach’s In­ter­na­tional School of WA will take over new premises in Dou­ble­view in 2019, in a $15.4 mil­lion deal with the State Govern­ment.

The school, which opened in 2006, was founded to teach in­ter­na­tional stu­dents whose par­ents had re­lo­cated to Perth for the min­ing, oil and gas in­dus­try.

Ear­lier this month Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Peter Col­lier an­nounced the State Govern­ment would pro­vide a like-for-like fa­cil­ity at Dou­ble­view Pri­mary School, to al­low for a new $84 mil­lion se­condary school for the western sub­urbs.

ISWA prin­ci­pal Maria Coate said the deal was a win-win for the school and the State Govern­ment.

“We get a new school and se­cu­rity of ten­ure, with the op­tion to stay in Dou­ble­view un­til 2061,” she said.

“We are also go­ing into a new and vi­brant com­mu­nity.”

The school cur­rently hosts stu­dents from 60 na­tion­al­i­ties and of­fers ed­u­ca­tion from Kinder­garten to Year 12.

Mrs Coate said de­spite be­ing aimed at in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, the school also catered to lo­cal stu­dents.

She said the school cur­rently had over 300 stu­dents, with a ca­pac­ity for 600 and would re­main at that size even af­ter the move to Dou­ble­view.

“We want to stay a unique and bou­tique school of­fer­ing a per­sonal ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said. “Our strate­gic fo­cus will re­main on be­ing an in­ter­na­tional school, but we would like to en­rol lo­cal stu­dents.”

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ISWA prin­ci­pal Maria Coate is thrilled with the prospect of new premises for the school.

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