Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    New primary school opened in Hocking

    14/05/2008 12:00 AM

    Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan officially opened the new $10.1million Hocking Primary School today.


    Mr McGowan said the school, which started operating in February 2008, had more than 340 students and offered modern facilities for children in the growing suburb.


    He said population growth in the area had put pressure on neighbouring East Wanneroo Primary School, which would be relieved by the opening of the new primary school.


    “Parents, staff and community members worked together in developing the school’s logo, uniform and faction names,” he said.


    “The community’s strong links with the flora and fauna are reflected in the uniform, which is ochre and blue to represent the soil and water needed to support and nourish life and learning.”


    Wanneroo MLA Dianne Guise said the new school was a fantastic new development for the local community.


    She said the school’s motto was ‘honour, persist, succeed’ and was designed to remind students to respect themselves, persist and develop resilience to succeed as lifelong learners.


    “Hocking Primary School has 13 primary classrooms, three early childhood classrooms, a specialist art/craft room, canteen, music room, covered assembly area, library resource centre and an administration building,” Ms Guise said.


    “The school has the latest information communication technology infrastructure, including fibre optic cabling linking all blocks.


    “I have no doubt that students at Hocking Primary School will be challenged and inspired so they develop the skills and aspirations to take their place in society.”


    The Minister said Hocking Primary School was part of the State Government’s $1.41billion expenditure in schools to ensure students and teachers had the best facilities.


    “It is particularly important for us to develop strong infrastructure to support the rapidly growing communities throughout the northern corridor,” Mr McGowan said.


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