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

    Coolbinia Primary School boasts major upgrade

    12/12/2011 12:00 AM
    • Minister opens $4.36million works which have rejuvenated school
    • New library learning hub provides major teaching resource
    A major upgrade to Coolbinia Primary School has given the 56-year-old school a new look and provided a modern learning environment for students, Education Minister Liz Constable announced today.

    Dr Constable officially opened $4.36million of works which have rejuvenated the front entrance reception area and office, and include a new library, staffroom and sports courts.

    “Gone are the days when libraries were silent and cold - the new library now functions as the hub of learning and a major teaching resource centre for Coolbinia’s literacy support program,” she said.

    The upgrades have also created new physical education areas for students.

    “New sports courts, where students can hone their skills in netball, basketball and tennis, have provided a boost to the school’s specialist physical education program and after hours sporting activities,” the Minister said.

    “The formerly paved quadrangle has been transformed with turf and landscaping which has created an attractive recreation area for students - somewhere they can kick a football or relax in the shade.

    “What better place to be this week, as school winds down and Christmas fast approaches, than Coolbinia Primary School which takes its name from a local Aboriginal word for mistletoe.”

    The State Government contributed $4.36million to the project with the Federal Government providing $3.1million

    Coolbinia Primary School principal Julie Bettenay said the new facilities were already making a difference to the students and staff.

    “It’s much more than bricks and mortar - the new facilities help in giving our students the right to a great education and the right to reach their full potential,” Ms Bettenay said.
           Fact File
    • The State Government has allocated $578million for capital improvements and works to public schools around Western Australia over the 2011-12 financial year
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