Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Ellen Stirling Primary School officially opens

    13/08/2008 12:00 AM

    Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan today officially opened the new $9.1million Ellen Stirling Primary School in Ellenbrook.


    There are already 250 students enrolled at the school and with the area growing rapidly it would eventually cater for more than 400 students.


    Ellen Stirling Primary School has been open for six months.


    The school’s motto, ‘Explore; Discover; Grow’, summarises perfectly the aims of primary education, while the logo and faction names reflect the virtues of learning and knowledge and help to create a sense of pride among staff and students.


    The school, located at Strathmore Parkway in the Ellenbrook village of Coolamon, was designed by Edgar Idle Wade Architects and built by Universal Constructions Pty Ltd.


    It features:


    ·        13 classrooms;

    ·        three early childhood education classrooms;

    ·        music room;

    ·        art and craft room;

    ·        library resource centre;

    ·        covered assembly area and canteen;

    ·        administration block;

    ·        hard courts for tennis, netball and basketball; and

    ·        grassed oval with automatic reticulation.


    The school is named in honour of Mrs Ellen Stirling, wife of Perth’s founder and the State’s first Governor, Captain James Stirling.


    Ellen Stirling is regarded as the first teacher in the Swan River Colony so it is fitting that the school has been named after her.


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