Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    $5.7million facilities opened at Mindarie Senior College

    4/04/2008 12:00 AM

    Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan today officially opened the $5.7million improvements to Mindarie Senior College.


    “It is here that young people are challenged and inspired so they can develop the skills and aspirations to take their place in the community,” Mr McGowan said.


    “Mindarie Senior College is unique because it caters specifically to the needs of Year 11 and 12 students.


    “The project has increased the capacity of the college to cater for more students and additional staff.”


    The building project, which started in July 2005, includes:


    ·         a new two-storey teaching block with multiple learning areas, information technology laboratories, seminar rooms, a dedicated careers office and a senior research area with a student servery;

    ·         a covered walkway linking the new building to existing buildings;

    ·         alterations to existing buildings to increase the number of learning areas and staff areas; and

    ·         the existing basketball court has been covered and a turfed sports oval has been developed west of the site.


    Mindarie MLA John Quigley said the college had more than 780 students.


    “The modern school has a fitness centre, cafe, performing arts centre and auditorium, computer, science and design and technology laboratories, wireless internet connection across the campus and sweeping ocean views,” Mr Quigley said.


    “The school opened in 2003 and, in catering specifically for Year 11 and 12 students, has developed a number of successful strategies to engage senior students and help them reach their goals.


    “The new dedicated career resource centre will give students greater access to career and transition support.”


    The Minister said the Carpenter Government was spending $1.41billion on new schools, upgrades to existing schools and school maintenance; and had built, planned and announced 65 new schools since coming to Government in 2001.


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