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

    Pinjarra Primary School celebrates $6m upgrade (Video)

    2/12/2011 12:00 AM
    • Rapidly-growing school gets $6million in new buildings and learning technology
    • Early childhood, arts and music education boosted by infrastructure investment

    The Pinjarra Primary School community had cause to celebrate today with the official opening of new facilities worth nearly $6million at the 52-year-old school.

    Education Minister Liz Constable visited the school today to open the new $2.7million early childhood centre and other new facilities.

    “The new early childhood centre is a fantastic space where the school’s 126 kindergarten and pre-primary students learn and play,” Dr Constable said.

    “The first years of education provide the platform for future success so it is vital for schools to have high quality resources and facilities.  Early learning is a key priority for this Government.

    “This centre, funded by the State Government, features spaces specially designed to suit our youngest students.  A kindergarten room, two pre-primary classrooms, two general learning areas, an activity space, staff preparation areas, toilets and a storeroom will make Pinjarra Primary School’s early childhood facilities a standout.”

    The Minister said teachers and students would also benefit from $10,000 in Government funding for interactive whiteboards.

    “The technology allows children and teachers to physically interact with education software programs on a large whiteboard screen,” she said.

    “This public school is one of 150 across the State to share in $4million funding to boost the provision of learning technology.  I have seen firsthand many times the way in which children respond to this technology. The use of interactive whiteboards is revolutionising teaching.”

    In addition, Pinjarra Primary School received a new four-classroom learning block and a specialist art/craft and music block through the Building the Education revolution program. These new facilities, worth a total of $3million, were completed in June 2011.

    Pinjarra Primary School principal Gavin Stevens said the school’s motto was ‘We Achieve’ and the addition of the new facilities would help all students continue to strive for success.

    "With a rapidly-growing school community this investment highlights the importance of a strong, consistent and focused approach to the early years of schooling,” Mr Stevens said.

    "We are a close-knit school community of dedicated staff, committed families and fantastic students and the upgrades to our school have been empowering us to achieve."

    Fact File
    • The State Government has allocated $578million for capital improvements and works to public schools across Western Australia during the 2011-12 financial year.

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