Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan today announced that Cape Naturaliste College in Vasse would expand to become a senior school.
At a Budget breakfast in Bunbury today, Mr McGowan said the $21million college, which opened its doors for the first time in February to 90 Year Eight students, would offer Year 11 courses by 2011 and Year 12 courses by the following year.
“Busselton continues to grow at a rapid rate and this expansion reflects the amount of people choosing to bring up their families in the region,” the Minister said.
“Cape Naturaliste College will offer a broad range of courses in Years 11 and 12, increasing the range of options available to students in the region and complementing those already offered at Busselton Senior High School.
“The co-operation and sharing of resources that will take place between the two schools will ensure that local students are the winners. Furthermore, the college already has enough classrooms to accommodate the expansion.
“Mixing education with recreation is important; that’s why there are covered basketball courts and a grassed oval providing ample space for sport.
“Cape Naturaliste College is a highly impressive modern public school where students have access to the very latest computer technology.
“It has fibre optic cabling and a wireless network throughout the school, providing high-speed internet access for every student and teacher.”
South-West MLC Adele Farina said the modern, spacious classrooms and specialist facilities were already proving a hit with students and staff.
“The college has two open plan areas large enough to hold 240 students each and can be used for a number of educational and community purposes,” Ms Farina said.
The college, located in Yallingup Siding Road, Vasse, was designed by Hassell Architects and built by Perkins Builders of Bunbury.
Mr McGowan said the Carpenter Government was spending $1.41billion on school infrastructure projects across Western Australia.
“We are spending $1.11billion on new schools and upgrades to existing schools and a further $300million on school maintenance, and have built, planned and announced 43 new schools,” he said.
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