Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Upgrade in store for Mirrabooka Primary School

    7/08/2008 12:00 AM

    The State Government will spend nearly $1million on upgrading Mirrabooka Primary School’s administration and early childhood facilities.


    Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan said the $980,000 upgrade would be put to tender quickly, so work could begin as soon as possible.


    “Mirrabooka Primary School started an on-site kindergarten program for the first time this year,” Mr McGowan said.


    “This upgrade will convert a classroom and former washroom into a specially-designed early childhood facility, including an activity space, staff and student toilets, a kitchen, a storeroom and an upgraded early childhood playground.


    “Early childhood education is an important step in preparing for formal schooling, so it is certainly exciting that we will be able to provide such a welcoming and up-to-date facility for our children.


    “Mirrabooka Primary School has outgrown its administration centre, especially with the growth of the school’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program.”


    The upgrade will extend the administration centre to include:

    ·        a more user-friendly foyer and reception;

    ·        an interview room;

    ·        a medical room;

    ·        a secure store room; and

    ·        offices for the school registrar, principal, deputies and ESL support staff.


    Of the $980,000 allocated for the upgrade, $630,000 will be spent on the administration centre and $350,000 on the early childhood centre.


    It is anticipated that work on the early childhood centre will be completed by March next year, and work on the administration facilities completed about mid-2009.


    The upgrade has been designed by architect Iredale Pedersen Hook.


    The Minister said the State Government was committed to enhancing education and training facilities for Western Australian students.


    “The State Government is spending $1.41billion over four years on school infrastructure projects across WA,” he said.


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