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11 July 2017

Secondary school set to open early for students

A brand new school being built in Perth’s northern suburbs is yet to open, but it’s already making history.

Originally due to open in 2019, the build has been so efficient that Yanchep Secondary School (planning name) will be up and running a year ahead of schedule for the start of the 2018 school year – a first for a public school in Western Australia.

Acting north metropolitan regional executive director, Paul Meacock (pictured left), said this was an exciting time for families in Yanchep and surrounding areas.

“It is quite an achievement to have a school planned and built ahead of schedule,” he said. “This is a credit to all involved and means new education opportunities for students have been brought forward, and I’m sure families in the area will be thrilled.

“Principal Dr James Kent – who has more than 28 years’ experience in public education and specialist knowledge in science, technology, engineering and maths – will lead his staff in providing outstanding learning experiences for students.”

In addition to science labs, a library and state-of-the-art classrooms, the school features a football oval and hockey/soccer field, sports hall, eight sports courts, two food studios, a textile studio and cafeteria.

The school will open for students from Years 7 to 11 next year and Year 12 students from 2019.  Yanchep District High School will become a primary school for students from Kindergarten to Year 6.

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