John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Education boost for Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

    25/09/2006 11:00 AM
     
    25/9/06

    Goldfields-Esperance Minister John Bowler has described the opening of two secondary schools and the opening of facilities at a primary school as a new direction for schooling in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder region.

    Mr Bowler joined Education and Training Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich at weekend ceremonies to open the new Kalgoorlie Boulder Community High School and the Eastern Goldfields College and the new facilities at the South Kalgoorlie Primary School.

    The Minister said the new infrastructure would provide a wealth of learning and playing opportunities for local students.

    “The Carpenter Government is committed to building a first-class education system in Western Australia,” he said.

    “These two new schools and the new facilities at the primary school are as good as anywhere in the State and I believe its students now have a tremendous opportunity to flourish and learn.”

    Ms Ravlich said that due to increasing numbers and the complexity of operating one school over a split site, it had been decided to formally separate Eastern Goldfields College into two operations - a senior college for Years 11 and 12 and a middle school for Years Eight to 10.

    She said the new schools had evolved as a result of careful planning and community consultation that showed a need to provide a specialist senior secondary school.

    Kalgoorlie Boulder Community High School is located on the refurbished Eastern Goldfields Senior High School site, while Eastern Goldfields College is co-located on a separate campus with Curtin University of Technology, the WA School of Mines and Curtin VTEC.

    The two new schools will have their own principals and administrative support structures and will be better resourced than the existing college, with a range of behavioural management and support programs and special academic programs to improve the results of all children.

    “Eastern Goldfields College has a vision of providing our students with opportunities within a unique learning environment that enables them to achieve their academic potential,” Mr Bowler said.

    The Minister said the $2million investment in new facilities at the South Kalgoorlie Primary School was part of the State Government’s ongoing program to ensure students and teachers had the best possible environments in which to work.

    The project included a new library resource centre, covered assembly area, canteen, music room and dental therapy centre.

    “As a former student of this primary school, I am particularly pleased to see it grow into a very modern, very comfortable centre for learning,” Mr Bowler said.

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