Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    New $25million extensions on track at Ellenbrook Secondary College

    23/07/2008 12:00 AM

    Designs for Stage Two of the multi-million dollar Ellenbrook Secondary College are under way, to allow the school to cater for senior students by 2010.


    Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan today visited the Main Street site where the school’s $25million extensions are planned.


    Mr McGowan said the impressive $30.5million first stage of the school opened for Year Seven and Eight students in February 2007.


    “This next stage of construction will allow the school to expand to a senior high school with Year 11 courses on offer by 2010 and Year 12 courses in 2011,” he said.


    “Ellenbrook Secondary College, with its first-rate facilities and stunning design, is already a central part of this thriving new community.


    “Community involvement continues with this planned second stage, with representatives from the school, City of Swan and Government agencies forming a project consultation group.”


    T and Z Architects has been appointed to plan and deliver the new facilities, with the project consultation group assisting the architect with the educational aspects of the brief.


    “Stage Two will include 10 general classrooms, an education support classroom, seven science laboratories - with preparation rooms, stores and a computing area,” the Minister said.


    “In addition, plans include materials technology facilities comprising woodwork and metalwork studios, a machine room, and technical graphics and mechatronics studios.


    “Students will also be able to keep active using two new tennis courts along with the school’s existing sporting facilities.”


    Some refurbishments will be made to existing buildings to include new textiles and visual arts studios, and two general classrooms.


    “It is expected that building tenders will be called in April next year, with construction expected to start in June 2009,” Mr McGowan said.


    Swan Hills MLA Jaye Radisich said the Ellenbrook community was being extremely well served through the facilities, which currently serviced students in Years Seven, Eight and Nine.


    “The junior students at the school have a great deal to look forward to as they move on to complete Years 11 and 12 in what will be brilliant new facilities,” Ms Radisich said.


    The Minister said the Carpenter Government was spending $1.41billion on school infrastructure projects across Western Australia.


    “We are spending $1.11billion on new schools and upgrades to existing schools and a further $300million on school maintenance,” he said.


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