Balga Senior High School’s Vocational Education and Training students are creating award-winning hospitality projects in their upgraded technology and enterprise block.
At the official opening of the $1.5 million extension and renovation today Education Minister Colin Barnett said the work had made a wealth of difference to students and staff at the VET-focus school.
“The extensions, which were completed last year, have had a great impact on students and have greatly enhanced the studies of hospitality, textiles and design,” Mr Barnett said.
“I understand the hospitality students have won a number of awards for their work in the new food technology areas and in their fabulous restaurant.
“Successes such as this show just how worthwhile these great facilities and VET programs are.”
Mr Barnett said the upgrade was done over 18 months and included an extension of the technology and enterprise block and upgrades to all the wing’s subject areas.
He said the work involved the complete conversion of an existing two-storey wing, incorporating the corridors and creating an exterior balcony.
Upgrades were made to the textiles and food technology, ceramics, painting, drawing, sculpture and human development rooms, graphics studio, materials design and technology section and staff study.
The renovation also allowed for the creation of a restaurant where food technology students could practise their hospitality skills.
Mr Barnett said Balga Senior High School had been evolving into a VET-focus school over a number of years and would from next year offer solely vocational and non-TEE subjects.
“It was a brave step for the school to take but one which the students and parents wanted,” he said.
“The upgrade to the technology and enterprise block was integral to the success of the move and I’m very pleased to see the school is getting such good outcomes from it.”
The new facilities were designed by T&Z Architects and built by Southdown Construction, with $1.1 million from the Federal Governments and almost $400,000 from the State Government.
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