Ongoing investment in schools continues to be a priority with many significant capital works projects either in progress or planned for the future.
Three new primary schools will be built for the start of 2018 – two in the growing southern corridor of Perth in Wandi and Wellard, and one in Margaret River. An additional four primary schools will also open with Kindergarten and Pre-primary students in 2018, and expand to take Year 6 students in 2019.
A new primary school will be built in Burns Beach during 2020-21. It will cater for the growing population in the area.
We are also boosting science in primary schools with a $17 million investment. This includes $12 million for the conversion of existing classrooms to science laboratories in up to 200 primary schools and $5 million in grants for schools to buy resources to equip them.
Seven new secondary schools will be built, two opening in 2018, two in 2019 and three in 2020. These, like all our secondary schools, are equipped with new technology to enhance learning; and specialist facilities - from science laboratories to dance studios and language centres – to provide vital learning opportunities for students.
Geraldton secondary schooling will be strengthened with John Willcock College and Geraldton Senior College expanding to each cater for students from Years 7 to 12 from 2019. Each school will benefit from improved facilities.
In the northern suburbs, $57.2 million is being invested in stage one of a new secondary school in Yanchep to open in 2018. This is in addition to seven other secondary schools opening between 2018 and 2020.
Fremantle's new secondary school will open for the start of the school year following the amalgamation of South Fremantle and Hamilton Senior High Schools at the end of 2017. Opening as an Independent Public School it will cater for students from Years 7 to 12.
Some new schools will also be part of the first WA Schools Public Private Partnership to design, build, finance and maintain new primary and secondary schools.