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

    Byford families to benefit from two new schools

    30/03/2012 12:00 AM
    • New $14.75million primary school to open in West Byford, 2013
    • New $30million secondary school for Byford, expected to open in 2014
    Building will soon begin on the planned schools for families in the thriving Byford area below the Darling Scarp in Perth’s south.

    Education Minister Liz Constable turned the first sods of soil today for a new $14.75million primary school in West Byford and a new $30million secondary school in Byford.

    Dr Constable said when completed, the two new schools would provide local families with high quality education opportunities from kindergarten to year 12.

    “The new primary school in West Byford is expected to open in 2013 to cater for an increase in children living in new residential developments,” she said.

    “It will have space for about 430 students from kindergarten to year 7.  Nearby Marri Grove Primary School will be near capacity with more than 700 students.

    “Tenders have closed for the construction of the school and the successful tenderer will be announced soon.”

    The school’s facilities will include 13 general classrooms; three early childhood classrooms; a library; staffroom; administration block; and specialist areas for art, craft and science.

    “The school will also feature a covered assembly area; canteen; music room; and dental therapy rooms; and students will enjoy playing sports and games on the hard courts and cricket nets,” the Minister said.

    Dr Constable said the new secondary school would be a valuable addition to the growing area of Byford and provide education in one of the biggest catchment areas of any school in the State.

    “The school is expected to open in 2014 and accommodate 375 year 8 students,” she said.

    “Stage one will feature a library; administration block; student services area; canteen; general classrooms; and areas for science, technology and enterprise, art, music, drama and media classes. Students will also have access to sports courts and change-rooms.”

    The Minister said earthworks, stormwater drainage and sewer line works were under way at the Abernethy Road site, with this work expected to be completed in June this year.

    “Tenders for construction of the secondary school should be called for in June with building to start about late August,” she said.

    “The State Government is committed to providing high quality school environments for Western Australia’s public school students. The growing Byford community’s education needs will be catered for long into the future.”

          Fact File
    • State Govt recently announced $70m will be invested in five new primary schools in North Butler, Treendale, Hammond Park, North Yanchep and Wandina, to open in 2014
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