Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Changes in the Mandurah region mean more choices for parents

    30/07/2008 12:00 AM

    Two schools in the Mandurah region will be extended to Year 12, giving parents more choice in their children’s education.


    Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan today announced that Coodanup Community College and Halls Head Community College would be extended to offer Year 11 courses from 2010 and Year 12 courses from 2011.


    Mr McGowan said the move was designed to build on the success of the current senior school, Mandurah Senior College, and cater for the anticipated growth in the area’s secondary school student population.

    “Mandurah is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia and we expect that by 2021 there will be an extra 1,000 secondary school students in the area,” he said.


    “The changes to the schools will meet the expected demand for senior secondary school places and will give parents three senior high school options instead of the current single option.”


    Mandurah MLA David Templeman said the schools would work together to develop courses to meet a wide range of student needs.


    “Students will have the choice of increased course options as well as innovative and challenging programs,” Mr Templeman said.


    “While students will have first priority at their local secondary school, parents can choose the school that best suits their child’s individual needs, provided there are places available.”


    South-West MLC Dr Sally Talbot said Mandurah High School would continue to accept students from Years Eight to 10, who would have first priority at Mandurah Senior College.


    “These changes will result in distinctive high schools, which will ensure senior secondary students in Mandurah continue to receive an outstanding education for many years to come,” Dr Talbot said.


    Parents requiring more information should contact their school principal or the Peel District Education Office.


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