Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    John Willcock College $4.78million upgrade opened

    28/07/2008 12:00 AM

    A $4.78million boost to science rooms, classrooms and other facilities at Geraldton’s John Willcock College was officially opened today.


    Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan said the new and upgraded buildings and facilities meant that John Willcock College now had first-class facilities in a middle school setting.


    “The revitalised John Willcock College has a new student services centre, five refurbished science rooms, a reading resource centre and a modern visual arts area,” Mr McGowan said.


    “The reading resource centre is a focal point for the school and students will benefit from the increased space and new programs which can now be provided.


    “There has also been extensive landscaping across the two main quadrangle areas and an air conditioning program has started which will benefit students and staff during summer.


    “What students are achieving here is really impressive and these new facilities can only enhance their performance.


    “Staff will be able to work efficiently and effectively with modern resources to help students achieve their best.”


    The new facilities were designed by Eastman Poletti Sherwood Architects and built by S.J. Higgins.


    Geraldton MLA Shane Hill congratulated the people involved in the project including the school community, parents and students.


    “We must have the facilities to offer a school education which is world class and that is what has been achieved here,” Mr Hill said.


    The Minister said the Carpenter Government was spending more than $1.41billion on school infrastructure projects across the State.


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