Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Former Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs

    New school honours Ellenbrook's farming past

    5/02/2016 10:05 AM
    • New $15.8 million primary school opened in Ellenbrook
    • Named in honour of WA pioneer Anne Hamersley

    More than 100 students in one of Ellenbrook's newest communities have started the school year in a brand new primary school which has its roots in Western Australian history.


    Education Minister Peter Collier today officially opened Anne Hamersley Primary School in Dunnett Drive, Ellenbrook.


    The school was named in honour of Anne Hamersley, the wife of pastoralist and stockbreeder William Locke Brockman.  The couple emigrated from the United Kingdom to the Swan River settlement in 1830, and settled in the area now known as Ellenbrook.


    Mr Collier said the school's logo reflected the endeavours of the Brockman family which included horse breeding and development of the Cheriton orange variety, named after Mr Brockman's birthplace in the UK.


    "While acknowledging the past, Anne Hamersley Primary School features the latest in education facilities, with specialist classrooms for art; science; music; and for children with special needs, and modern information communication technology," he said.


    "Its grounds feature nature play spaces which are helpful for children's development as they learn to assess risk as they play, and boost their motor skills."


    The Minister said that from the outset, parents and the community had helped define the directions the school should take.


    "There has already been a high level of parent and community input into Anne Hamersley Primary School which opens as an Independent Public School," Mr Collier said.


    Fact File

    • In 2016, 445 schools are operating as Independent Public Schools
    • The State Government has invested a total of $63.8 million in four new primary schools which opened this week - Alkimos Primary School, Anne Hamersley Primary School (Ellenbrook), Rivergums Primary School (Baldivis) and Harrisdale Primary School

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