A $16 million high school will be built in the South-West community of Eaton, after a collaborative education planning process in the region.
Education Minister Colin Barnett said today that after a vigorous and lengthy Government-community planning exercise, he had chosen to support the wishes of local people and make only minimal changes to Bunbury’s education framework.
“With the many families who have moved to the Eaton-Australind area in recent years, it is essential we build a new secondary school in the area,” he said.
“We have chosen a Year 8-10 school to open in Eaton in 2003, catering for Year 8 and 9 students before expanding to Year 10 the following year.”
Mr Barnett said the public consultation phase of Local Area Education Planning in Bunbury began in late 1998 and saw significant involvement from the local community.
He said the new school at Eaton, on which construction would start in early 2002, would provide the latest in educational environments for local students.
“Eaton High School will be a modern and innovative educational institution, designed with the needs of local students in mind,” he said.
“The design of the school will be developed as part of the school’s implementation process, in consultation with the school community.
“It will focus its teaching methodology on the needs of local adolescents, with first-class pastoral care and an increasing involvement from parents.”
Mr Barnett said facilities would include general learning areas, a performing arts centre and visual arts facility, a library resource centre and science, material technology and Information Technology facilities.
“Pastoral care needs will be met in a special Student Services Centre and there will be a hall/gymnasium and an administration block,” he said.
“It is expected the school will cater for about 400 Year 8-10 students when it expands in 2004.”
Planning for the new school will be finalised by May 2001. The building program will start in February 2002 for the school to open in January 2003.
“The new school will significantly relieve pressure on Australind Senior High School which has experienced considerable growth over the past few years during the expansion of both Australind and Eaton,” Mr Barnett said.
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