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Confidence grows in public schools

 | 07 April 2017

I am pleased to see that confidence in Western Australia’s public school system continues to rise.

Portrait of Director General Sharyn O'Neill

Sharyn O'Neill

Director General

Recent census figures show that the market share of public school enrolments has jumped significantly to 67.2 per cent from 66.6 per cent in 2016. In 2015 it was 66.3 per cent from 66.2 per cent in 2014.

The census data also shows there are 302,271 students enrolled in public schools this year which is up 5894 from the same time last year.

As the number of students attending public schools continues to grow, the State Government is leading a plan to build new schools and upgrade others. There will also be a focus on science and technology including science labs in primary schools to prepare students for the future work environment.

The Premier’s ANZAC Student Tour will be departing for Singapore over the school holidays. Ten students from Years 8 to 11 will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore by visiting important historical sites before attending the ANZAC Day commemorations at Kranji War Memorial.

Since 2004, about 200 students have travelled to France, England, Turkey, Belgium, Greece and Malaysia for the tour. I trust it will be an equally memorable trip for the 2017 group as it was for our past students.

Students across the State commemorate the ANZACs with ceremonies at their schools over the coming weeks. ANZAC Day is such an important event in remembering those Australians who made the ultimate sacrifice and fought bravely for their country. Our schools do a remarkable job in recognising this important part of Australian history.

I was delighted to hear the news that Tjuntjuntjara Remote Community School principal Charlie Klein and Calista Primary School principal Craig Skinner were recently recognised nationally for their outstanding leadership.

Both principals are recipients of the Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards – Charlie acknowledged for transforming Aboriginal education and Craig for leading the charge in improving student performance. I congratulate them both for their dedication to student success.

I wish you and your families a safe and happy school holiday break.