Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Former Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs

    Grand slam for Applecross Senior High School

    19/02/2016 12:30 PM
     
    • $63 million new and upgraded facilities officially opened in Applecross
    • Includes international standard tennis courts and new visual arts centre
    • Students are WA school tennis champions and attend a specialist program 

    International standard tennis courts are just one of a vast range of new facilities used daily by nearly 1,500 students and teachers at Applecross Senior High School.

     

    Education Minister Peter Collier today officially opened the new and improved buildings and facilities, with State Government funding of $63 million.

     

    "Original 1958 buildings were extensively improved in line with heritage guidelines, and new buildings and facilities built - all while the school continued to operate," Mr Collier said.

     

    "Six new 'synpave' tennis courts are of tournament quality and will serve students well in their quest to stay Western Australian school champions - a title they've held for 21 years."

     

    The Minister said the school could now take its place in the community as a contemporary learning environment continuing to provide outstanding education to children.

     

    "The original gym has become a performing arts centre with seating for 220 people; and a new arts building has wonderful exhibition spaces for student displays - which is most appropriate for this school which has a proud history of excelling in arts education," he said.

     

    New and refurbished facilities include a design and technology building, administration area, cafeteria, library, science laboratories, food and textile studios, health and physical education classrooms, tiered auditorium and sports hall.

     

    "The changes at this school are in line with the State Government's commitment to provide the very best learning facilities for students," Mr Collier said.

     

    Fact File

    • Applecross Senior High School offers a gifted and talented education program in visual arts and a specialist tennis program
    • It became an Independent Public School in 2012
    • The Government invested $5.7 million in the school to accommodate Year 7 students from 2015
    • State-wide, the Government is investing $1.16 billion over the next four years to build new schools and improve existing schools 

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