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

    State Budget 2012-13: Supporting our Community - $265million capital works boost for year sevens

    21/05/2012 12:00 AM
    • 29 schools to receive upgraded or new facilities by 2015
    • Additional $22.4million to re-train primary teachers for secondary schools

    Education Minister Liz Constable today announced a $265million program of capital works to ensure all public secondary schools are well placed to welcome year 7 students in 2015.


    Dr Constable said the works, including some specialist facilities such as science rooms, would take place in 29 schools across the State. This would guarantee a place for every year 7 student at their local secondary school.


    “Making year 7 the first year of secondary school will provide young adolescents with the learning environments and facilities most appropriate for their needs and age levels,” she said.


    “Secondary schools offer the specialised learning, facilities and focused pastoral care that these young people need, and this is especially important as the national curriculum is implemented.


    “To ensure students prosper in their new surroundings, they need the best possible environment in which to learn and this means outstanding specialist facilities for subjects like science, design and technology, and the arts that are only available in secondary schools.


    “This is an essential investment in the future of our young people, with thousands of secondary school students to benefit from the State Government’s decision.”


    The Minister said the Government was also investing in its teaching workforce in preparation for the transition of year 7 in 2015.


    “We are spending $22.4million to offer up to 525 primary teachers the opportunity to upgrade their qualifications and skills to be able to teach in secondary schools,” she said.


    “Teachers will be able to access professional development programs and additional out-of-class time for study and practical experience.”


    Dr Constable said year 7 students Australia-wide had already demonstrated they were more than ready to succeed in secondary settings and this move would put WA students on an equal footing with their counterparts in other States.


    “As well as earlier access to specialist teaching and facilities, students will also receive the pastoral care provided to young adolescents in secondary schools,” she said.


    “The work being done at all levels to prepare schools and students for this change will bring multiple educational and social benefits for our young people.”


    The Minister said primary schools would also benefit from the move, freeing up more space on top of the major capital works received recently by primary schools.


    The 29 schools identified as requiring new or upgraded facilities are:

    • Applecross Senior High School
    • Ashdale Secondary College
    • Australind Senior High School
    • Baldivis High School - new school to open in 2013
    • Banksia Grove High School - new school to open in 2015
    • Bunbury Senior High School
    • Broome Senior High School
    • Butler Secondary College - new school to open in 2013
    • Byford Senior High School - new school to open in 2014
    • Canning Vale College
    • Cape Naturaliste College
    • Carine Senior High School
    • Churchlands Senior High School
    • Comet Bay College
    • Darling Range Sports College
    • Duncraig Senior High School
    • Halls Head Community College
    • John Curtin College of the Arts (Fremantle)
    • John Willcock College (Geraldton)
    • Kelmscott Senior High School
    • Lesmurdie Senior High School
    • Margaret River Senior High School
    • Mount Lawley Senior High School
    • Rossmoyne Senior High School
    • Safety Bay Senior High School
    • Shenton College
    • Wanneroo Senior High School
    • Warnbro Senior High School
    • Willetton Senior High School.

          Fact File

    • The total capital works budget for schools in 2012-13 is $518million
    • $40m has been allocated for design, technology and science upgrades at a number of district high schools across the State
    • A mammoth building program involving schools across the State continues as the Govt builds WA’s capacity to provide important education facilities
    • WA Budget statements are available at http://ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au

    Minister’s office - 6552 5700