Norm Marlborough

Norm Marlborough

Former Minister for Small Business; Peel and the South West; Minister Assisting the Minister for Education and Training

    Public schools recognised for design

    10/08/2006 12:31 PM

    Three Western Australian public schools have achieved international recognition for creating the world’s best environment for teaching outcomes, demonstrating a clear emphasis that our schools are an important part of community infrastructure.

    Canning Vale College, Mindarie Senior College and Harmony Primary School in Atwell feature in the latest OECD listing of 65 educational institutions from 20 countries selected for their exemplary design of education facilities.

    Minister Assisting the Minister for Education and Training Norm Marlborough welcomed the recognition that WA public schools were leading the way in school design across the world.

    “This is a tremendous achievement for education in our State,” Mr Marlborough said.

    “It shows we are at the forefront of intelligent school design right here in WA.”

    The Minister said the International Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities, which included tertiary education facilities, placed Canning Vale College in its top 10.

    A total of five Australian schools made the list published by the OECD’s Program on Educational Building.

    School design was judged by an international jury on the use and management of physical infrastructure, and how it could contribute to the quality of education.

    “The focus is also on the functionality of the recently completed or refurbished educational buildings or grounds chosen for their innovation in the areas of safety, sustainability, community needs and flexibility,” Mr Marlborough said.

    “The judges give special attention to how effectively the facilities meet the needs of their users: students, teachers, parents and the community at large.”

    The Minister said the three WA public schools opened in the last four years.

    “It is a clear endorsement of how great our schools are and how the State Government recognises that our students and teachers deserve the best, which means working in the world’s best education facilities,” he said.

    “It is great news for the students and staff who learn and teach in these fabulous environments and I congratulate all involved in the planning.

    “We need to recognise the contribution made by educators, architects and community members towards creating high quality new schools as there is a great deal of consultation that goes into getting schools to this standard.”

    Over four years, the Carpenter Government will build 39 new schools worth $400million, spend $300million to upgrade existing schools and another $300million for school maintenance work.

    The Government is committed to providing a world-class education system for all WA students.

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