Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    New Fitzroy Crossing School to open next year

    17/07/2008 12:00 AM

    Fitzroy Crossing residents have been given the first glimpse of what the new $34million Fitzroy Crossing District High School will look like.


    Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan today released  photos of the construction site and a scale model of the new school, which is on track to open its doors to students next year.


    Mr McGowan said architects Bateman Grundman had commissioned a model of the new facilities so the principal could promote the new school in the town and to surrounding communities.


    “Meetings with the school community are taking place to determine the new school’s name, crest and motto,” he said.


    “These meetings also include how staff and students will be relocated to the new school with the least disruption to the students’ education.


    “The project is due for completion at the end of February 2009, with the school relocating shortly afterwards.”


    Central Kimberley-Pilbara MLA Tom Stephens said the current school was more than 50 years old.


    “The new school is being built on higher ground in Fallon Road which will prevent flooding during the wet season,” Mr Stephens said.


    “It will feature state-of-the art facilities with a library, covered assembly area with a canteen, and a music and drama room. There are plans for specialist classrooms for science, computer, composite materials and food and textiles.


    “The school will also include early childhood and general learning classrooms.”


    Kimberley MLA Carol Martin said the new Fitzroy Crossing District High School was designed by Bateman Grundman, Wilson Architects and Site Architecture Studio.


    Mrs Martin 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,” she said.


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