Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Sod turned on new $14million primary school at Safety Bay

    21/05/2008 12:00 AM

    Work on a new primary school for Safety Bay has begun, with Education and Training Minister and Rockingham MLA Mark McGowan turning the first sod on the $14million project today.


    Mr McGowan said the new school, expected to be completed by Term Three 2009, would replace the original Safety Bay Primary School, which was built in 1952.


    “Building the new school on the existing Waimea Road site will maintain the school’s connection with its proud history,” he said.


    “The next 12 months will be an exciting time for students, teachers and parents as they watch their new school being constructed alongside their existing buildings.


    “The end result will be a first-class school for the close-knit Safety Bay community.”


    The community was closely involved in planning for the new school, with input from nearby residents, the school’s P&C and the school council.


    The new school will accommodate up to 550 students and will include:

    ·         16 classrooms;

    ·         three early childhood classrooms;

    ·         a library;

    ·         a staff room with conference room;

    ·         a covered assembly area;

    ·         a canteen;

    ·         a music room;

    ·         combined art, craft and science room;

    ·         dental therapy facilities;

    ·         an oval; and

    ·         hard courts.


    “We are spending $1.41billion on new schools, upgrades to existing schools and school maintenance during this term and have built, planned and announced 65 new schools since coming to government in 2001,” Mr McGowan said.


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