Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Former Minister for Education

    New $11.6m Piara Waters school taking shape

    23/09/2011 12:00 AM
    • School on track to open at the start of the 2012 school year
    • More than 200 students already enrolled

    Work is progressing and interest is building for the new primary school in the growing southern suburb of Piara Waters.


    Education Minister Liz Constable said the $11.6million school on Wright Road was on track to open at the start of the 2012 school year.


    “Eighty per cent of works are complete with the buildings up and roofs on, and now internal fit-outs are being done,” Dr Constable said.


    The Minister said there was strong interest in the school from the local community.


    “More than 200 students have enrolled already to join the school when it opens next year and this figure is expected to rise to about 280,” she said.


    “When complete the new school will feature the latest in computer technology, including fibre optic cabling and a wireless network throughout with high-speed internet for every student and teacher.


    “Each learning area will also be fitted with an interactive whiteboard to help teachers provide interesting learning programs for students.


    “A distinctive feature of the school will be its solar tube-style natural lighting system, which will be trialled in one classroom block.”


    Other facilities include an administration block; library; staff area; early childhood education centre; two general teaching blocks with four classrooms apiece; and a third teaching block with two general classrooms, an inclusive education classroom and an art/craft room.


    The school will also feature an enclosed covered assembly area; canteen; music room; and gardening facilities, as well as hard courts, cricket practice nets and a sports oval.  It will have an air cooling system to keep students and staff comfortable during summer.


    “In addition, an extra $45,000 is being spent on playground equipment for the students,” Dr Constable said.


          Fact File:

    • The school is one of 20 new or replacement schools the State Government is building, worth a total of $521.9million and to be completed in the next two years.

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