Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    New undercover assembly area for Yakamia Primary School

    29/07/2008 12:00 AM

    Students at Yakamia Primary School in Albany will enjoy a new undercover assembly area to be built at the school.


    Announcing the plan today on behalf of Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan, Albany MLA Peter Watson said the school would receive $800,000 for the new undercover area and other improvements to the school.


    He said the new facility would replace the existing undercover area and would be built in a more suitable location.


    “As well as providing protection from the sun and bad weather, the new undercover area will support the school to deliver a variety of outdoor programs for students,” Mr Watson said.


    “To keep children fit and healthy, it is vital that they are able to enjoy regular outdoor pursuits and the new facility will ensure the school can provide a range of dance, drama and physical activities.


    “The new area will also enhance the school’s ability to hold large activities outdoors such as assemblies and graduation ceremonies without fear of being exposed to the weather.”


    Mr McGowan said an architect would be appointed to the project shortly and further discussions regarding the facility’s location would begin with the school.


    “The project will go to tender in mid-2009 and the new assembly area will be ready and open by April 2010,” he said.


    “All parents want the best possible school for their children and I’m very grateful to the school’s P&C and School Council for their dedication in seeking a better learning environment.”


    The new facilities are part of the Carpenter Government’s commitment to improving public schools throughout Western Australia.


    “We are in the process of building a world-class education system and that means giving students the best schools with the best facilities and resources to enhance learning,” the Minister said.


    The Carpenter Government is spending $1.41billion on school infrastructure projects across Western Australia.


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