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 start for old school (Minister represented)

    11/11/2011 12:00 AM
    • 96-year-old ‘country-like school’ opens after $11.8million relocation
    • 2011 school year celebrated with 363 students from kindergarten to year 7

    The official opening today of a modern school in the Darling Range foothills marks the start of a new era for the historic Wattle Grove Primary School.


    Representing Education Minister Liz Constable, Mental Health Minister Helen Morton, who is also the region’s Upper House member, said the rapid growth of the local community had prompted the relocation of the school from Welshpool Road to its current location, with the new facilities giving students greater access to technology.


    “This is recognition that the school is in an area where dreams and ambitions continue to grow, and future generations need greater space; and modern classrooms and resources to reach their full potential,” Mrs Morton said.


    “Wattle Grove Primary School now truly belongs to the future, with fabulous sporting ovals and courts; big project areas; an expanded library; specialist subject rooms; and the latest information and communications technologies.”


    The Minister said the school continued to show the sense of community and spirit it had displayed since the original first opened in 1915.


    Designed by Oldfield Knott Architects and completed in December 2010 by Niche Construction WA, the school now included 13 general classrooms; a covered assembly area and canteen; an expanded library; and three early childhood classrooms, all of which are air-cooled.


    “Wattle Grove Primary School has a strong focus on literacy; numeracy; science; information and communication technologies; and student leadership,” Mrs Morton said.


    “This year, students achieved above the national mean in 14 of the 15 assessments in NAPLAN, so becoming an Independent Public School will perfectly complement the teaching and learning focus that has developed over the years.”


          Fact File

    • A dental therapy centre has been added at the new school site
    • Will become an Independent Public School in 2012 and building on that sense of ‘Wattle Grove’ community that has existed for almost 100 years

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