More schools on way

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jessica Nico

FIVE new schools will open in Perth’s grow­ing cor­ri­dors in 2021, in­clud­ing two in Har­ris­dale and South­ern River.

Pre­mier Mark McGowan vis­ited the new Aspiri Pri­mary School in Piara Wa­ters last Wed­nes­day to an­nounce State Gov­ern­ment plans to open new schools in Bal­divis, Brab­ham, Har­ris­dale, South­ern River and Yanchep.

Ca­ter­ing for kinder­garten to Year 6, the $20.5 mil­lion Har­ris­dale North Pri­mary School (plan­ning name) will take some 540 stu­dents and will open in 2021.

The first stage of the new South­ern River Pri­mary School (plan­ning name) will open in 2021 for up to 160 kinder­garten and prepri­mary stu­dents.

Stage 2 will be com­pleted for the start of the 2023 school year, with the school to cater for 540 stu­dents up to Year 6.

They will join neigh­bour­ing Aspiri Pri­mary School and South­ern Grove Pri­mary School in South­ern River, which will open their doors to stu­dents up to Year 6 in 2019.

The new high school in Ham­mond Park will also open in 2020.

Mr McGowan said the schools would pro­vide more op­tions for par­ents in Perth’s grow­ing cor­ri­dors.

“The ben­e­fits of hav­ing qual­ity lo­cal schools across our com­mu­ni­ties are es­sen­tial for fam­i­lies and I’m pleased we are able to pro­vide much-needed new schools to some of our fastest-grow­ing sub­urbs,” he said.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Sue Ellery said qual­ity lo­cal schools were needed to give chil­dren the best start to life.

“Our rapidly-grow­ing north­ern, east­ern and south­ern sub­urbs need new schools and we are proud to de­liver th­ese vi­tally im­por­tant fa­cil­i­ties for WA fam­i­lies,” she said.

“We are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing chil­dren with a high-qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion by pro­vid­ing the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and modern fa­cil­i­ties to sup­port their learn­ing.”

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