Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Former Premier; Minister for Tourism; Science

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 school looks to the past for future success (Video)

    9/12/2011 12:00 AM
    • $11.5m school has latest technology
    • Will celebrate its 50th year with unveiling of time capsules from 20 years ago
    Deanmore Primary School will celebrate its 50th anniversary and display the contents of time capsules from 20 years past this weekend, a day after the official opening of new buildings.

    Premier Colin Barnett and Education Minister Liz Constable attended the school today to officially open the $11.5million rebuild, giving the old school a new lease of life.

    Mr Barnett said the new school had been built after a strong local campaign to replace the original buildings, which had been constructed in 1961.

    “The opening of this school marks a new beginning for the local community, who have worked hard to see it come to fruition,” he said.

    “Gone are the old buildings - replaced by fantastic, modern facilities that incorporate all the latest technologies, air-cooling and interactive whiteboards.

    “There are three general learning blocks; a library; dental therapy centre; early learning block with separate play areas; and music, art and science rooms.”

    Dr Constable said the new facilities had allowed the school to increase its teaching hours to include special programs such as music, French, ceramics and sustainability.

    “This school, which will become an Independent Public School in 2012, shows how, with strong community support, a public school can become a school of choice for local residents,” she said.

    “It is testament to the high quality of teaching and the strength of the community that this school has recorded strong increases in its enrolment numbers and attendance figures over the past few years.

    “People are eager to enrol their children in this school and there are reports that people have gone so far as to move house so they can get in.”

    Dr Constable thanked Scarborough MLA Liza Harvey for the work she had done in bringing the project to completion.
          Fact File
    • The project involved the total rebuild of the school on its existing site
    • The school will celebrate its 50th year with an Extravaganza on Saturday, December 10.  Visitors will be given the opportunity to view a display of contents from time capsules buried 20 years ago
    Education Minister's office - 9222 9699