Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan has officially opened the new $7.1million Wiluna Remote Community School, following a visit to some of Western Australia’s most isolated schools.
Mr McGowan spent the past three days in the Goldfields and Pilbara visiting Kiwirrkura Remote Community School, Wingellina Remote Community School and Warakurna Campus in the Yulara to Ngaanyatjaara Lands.
The Minister said the new Wiluna School, which opened in December, would ensure local students had access to a good education and would go on to employment.
“There is no reason why geographical isolation should be a barrier to an excellent education and the Wiluna Remote Community School demonstrates this perfectly,” he said.
“The school is equipped with the very latest educational facilities and technology, such as high-speed internet access, while the modern classrooms and school grounds provide a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students.
“With an early childhood facility and TAFEWA adult learning centre to be added, Wiluna Remote Community School will provide an outstanding educational hub for the whole community for many years to come.”
The new school was designed by TAG Architects, which modified 13 transportable buildings to respond to the extreme weather conditions often experienced in the desert location.
The school, which is next to the shire sports oval, swimming pool and hard courts, includes:
· general administration block;
· staffroom and collegiate area;
· pre-primary building;
· three primary classrooms;
· two secondary classrooms;
· library resource area;
· cultural room;
· kitchen/laundry; and
Members of the local indigenous community helped design the exterior of the school, with striking themed art panels representing the 1,300km Canning Stock route from Wiluna to Halls Creek in the Kimberley.
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