| 01 February 2018
The creation of Fremantle College, which officially opened today, has been an incredible journey and one, says principal Myles Draper, he feels privileged to lead.
“To see the community’s vision for a new school turn into a reality has been a credit to everyone involved,” he says.
Fremantle College is the result of the amalgamation of Hamilton Senior High School and South Fremantle Senior High School after community consultation showed a new school offering students a broad curriculum was in demand.
Facilities on the existing South Fremantle site underwent $30 million worth of upgrades and additions – and the end result is the impressive Fremantle College.
The new building on Lefroy Road in the port city includes world-class science laboratories, specialist facilities for marine studies, art rooms, a media television studio with a green screen, and a full commercial kitchen attached to a restaurant for functions.
It adds to the already extensive opportunities for students at the school including the Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Program for English, humanities and social sciences, maths and science; specialist marine studies program; specialist ICT program; and specialist contemporary music program.
The school also has an Olympic sized swimming pool, AFL Academy for male and female students, Performing Arts Academy and a specialist contemporary music program.
“Students can study courses they are passionate about and can develop their skills for future success,” says Mr Draper.
“The opportunities for students, both academic and extra-curricular, are designed to have a positive impact on their careers, community and family lives after school.
“JCY Architects has provided teachers with facilities to inspire students in learning spaces that seamlessly blend the beautiful natural surrounds of the campus with new, technology-rich learning environments.”
The college opens with more than 1000 students from Years 7 to 12 which is a clear indicator, according to Mr Draper, that members of the community have strong confidence in public education and the opportunities his staff can provide for their children.
“Our foundation staff and students are very excited about the new college. The landscaping and architecture create a peaceful atmosphere with great learning and recreation spaces,” he said.
“Fremantle College is the new wave of education to hit Fremantle. With wonderful new facilities, an outstanding teaching staff, great students and supportive community there is no place I would rather be. I feel privileged to be the principal of such a fantastic college.”