Colin Barnett

Colin Barnett

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    Thirty-two high schools to share in $40 million

    31/10/2000 11:30 AM
     
    31/10/00

    Thirty-two high schools throughout Western Australia will share in $40 million worth of upgrades.

    Education Minister Colin Barnett said the money, from the sale of AlintaGas, would be made available over the next four years.

    He said the $40 million was in addition to the $131 million the State Government was spending this financial year on school buildings and $59 million on maintenance.

    “The schools benefiting from this extra money were mostly built before 1980 and most are lacking in modern facilities needed for new courses emerging in education, particularly in technology and enterprise and visual and performing arts,” Mr Barnett said.

    “Demand for vocational education and training in schools had increased dramatically with the percentage of students taking up these courses rising from three per cent in 1996 to 27 per cent today.

    “There is also greater demand for the visual and performing arts with some schools specialising in this area.

    “While many schools targeted for upgrades have established reputations for excellence and are held in high regard by their communities, they are facing increasing difficulties in adapting their facilities for today’s educational needs.

    “They are struggling to meet parents’ expectations that their children will be educated for the future using the latest educational technology in a stimulating and up-to-date learning environment.

    “Recent new secondary schools such as Warnbro Community High School have been designed as state of the art educational facilities and have set high standards.

    “Shenton College, Sevenoaks Senior Campus, Mandurah Senior College and Halls Head Community College will be the most technologically advanced schools in Australia when they open next year.

    “They have been designed with the flexibility to cope with continuing changes in curriculum, teaching methods, learning technologies and school organisation.”

    Mr Barnett said while the money had been spread across the metropolitan and country areas, many of the schools benefiting from the refurbishment programs were those where school retention rates and employment success were below average.

    He said these schools had been deliberately selected to achieve greater equality in educational outcomes.

    Gosnells Senior High School would receive $2 million for upgrades to its technology and enterprise facilities. Student services and administration areas would be improved.

    John Curtin College of the Arts would receive $2.5 million for its performing arts facilities and Mr Lawley Senior High School would receive $5 million for the continuation of its rebuilding program.

    Mr Barnett said information technology skills were important and much of the funding would be spent in this area.

    Students had to be able to adapt to the unprecedented rate of change taking place in the world today.

    The Minister said information technology skills were a minimum requirement for young people if they were to play a meaningful role in this changing world - particularly the world of work.

    Technology in schools had to be applied so it added value to student learning and teaching.

    The State Government was spending $100 million on technology over four years.

    This included $80 million for Government schools to increase the number of computers to one for every five secondary students and one for every 10 pre-primary and primary students.

    However, schools had to be able to use technology in a meaningful way.

    “The $40 million Secondary School Refurbishment Program will increase the capacity of services and infrastructure so schools can implement modern educational practices,” Mr Barnett said.

    “It will see an increase in student access to resources, particularly learning technologies.

    “Refurbishments will improve the flexibility within existing facilities so teachers can use a wider range of teaching practices and organise classes in different ways.

    “There will also be an improvement in the physical surroundings creating positive learning environments for students.”

    Mr Barnett said the upgrades ranged from $500,000 to $5 million for individual schools.

    The scope of projects ranged from major additions and upgrades to the installation of technology and reorganisation and refurbishment of existing facilities.

    Work would begin on schools which were considered a priority in the first year of the program.

    These were Armadale, Balga, Bunbury, Gosnells, Kwinana, Merredin, Morley, Mt Lawley, Newton Moore and Swan View senior high schools, Beverley and Exmouth district high schools and Geraldton Secondary College.

    Schools scheduled for the second year were Busselton, Hamilton, Harvey, Katanning, Mt Lawley and Rossmoyne senior high schools and John Curtin College of the Arts.

    Esperance, Girrawheen, Hampton, Karratha, Kent Street and Safety Bay senior high schools and Fitzroy Crossing District High School would have upgrades in the third year while work would begin on Kalamunda, Mirrabooka, Hedland, Thornlie and Wanneroo senior high schools and Bullsbrook District High School in the fourth year.

    Media contact: Diana Callander 9222 9699

    PROPOSED SECONDARY SCHOOL REFURBISHMENT PROGRAM
    YEAR 1
    School
    Proposed Project
    Suggested Allocation
    2001/02
    2002/03
    2003/04
    2004/05
    Armadale SHSTechnology and Enterprise Upgrade (particularly Materials Technology)
    $0.75m
    $0.75m
    Balga SHS Middle School Facilities for Years 9 and 10
    $0.75m
    $0.75m
    Beverley DHS Technology and Enterprise Upgrade
    $0.50m
    $0.50m
    Bunbury SHS New Library, Design and Technology Upgrade
    $1.50m
    $1.50m
    Exmouth DHS Technology and Enterprise Upgrade, Student Services/Administration Improvements
    $1.00m
    $1.00m
    Geraldton Secondary CollegeMiddle School Improvements and Student Services/Administration Upgrade (Highbury St), Canteen/ Cafeteria and Other Improvements (Carson St)
    $2.50m
    $1.00m
    $1.50m
    Gosnells Technology and Enterprise Upgrade, and Student Services/Administration Upgrade
    $2.00m
    $2.00m
    Kwinana SHSTechnology and Enterprise Upgrade and Science Upgrade
    $1.00m
    $1.00m
    Merredin SHS Science Upgrade, Food Technology Upgrade, Student Services/Administration Upgrade
    $0.75m
    $0.75m
    Morley SHS Visual Arts, Multimedia Upgrade
    $1.00m
    $1.00m
    Mt Lawley SHSRefurbishment and Rebuild (Staged)
    $5.00m
    $2.00m
    $2.00m
    $1.00m
    Newton Moore SHSDesign and Technology Upgrade and Student Services/Administration Upgrade
    $1.00m
    $1.00m
    Swan View SHS Technology and Enterprise Upgrade
    $1.00m
    $1.00m
    YEAR 2
    School
    Proposed Project
    Suggested Allocation
    2001/02
    2002/03
    2003/04
    2004/05
    Busselton SHS Design and Technology Upgrade, Food Technology Upgrade and Art Upgrade
    $1.50m
    $1.50m
    Hamilton SHS Technology and Enterprise (particularly Food Techology) Upgrade
    $1.25m
    $1.25m
    Harvey SHSTechnology and Enterprise Upgrade, Middle School Facilities
    $0.50m
    $0.50m
    John Curtin COA Performing Arts Facilities
    $2.50m
    $2.50m
    Katanning SHSTechnology and Enterprise Upgrade
    $1.00m
    $1.00m
    Rossmoyne SHS Performing Arts Centre, and Technology and Enterprise Upgrade
    $2.00m
    $2.00m
    YEAR 3
    School
    Proposed Project
    Suggested Allocation
    2001/02
    2002/03
    2003/04
    2004/05
    Esperance SHSNew Teaching Block, Conversion of Old Library to Performing Arts, Food Technology Upgrade
    $1.50m
    $1.50m
    Fitzroy Crossing DHSNew Library Resource Centre and Student Services/Administration Upgrade
    $1.50m
    $1.50m
    Girrawheen SHS Technology and Enterprise Upgrade
    $1.00m
    $1.00m
    Hampton SHS Technology and Enterprise Upgrade, and Science Upgrade
    $1.00m
    $1.00m
    Karratha SHSTechnology and Enterprise, and Science Refurbishment
    $0.50m
    $0.50m
    Kent St SHSPerforming Arts and Visual Arts Upgrade
    $1.00m
    $1.00m
    Safety Bay SHS Network Cabling, Student Services/Administration Upgrade
    $1.00m
    $1.00m

    YEAR 4
    School
    Proposed Project
    Suggested Allocation
    2001/02
    2002/03
    2003/04
    2004/05
    Bullsbrook DHSFood Technology Upgrade, General Improvements
    $0.50m
    $0.50m
    Kalamunda SHSFood Technology Upgrade, Student Services/Administration Upgrade
    $1.00m
    $1.00m
    Mirrabooka SHS Technology and Enterprise Upgrade
    $1.00m
    $1.00m
    Hedland SHS Food Technology Upgrade and Science Upgrade
    $0.50m
    $0.50m
    Thornlie SHS Performing Arts Upgrade and Food Technology Upgrade
    $1.00m
    $1.00m
    Wanneroo SHS Technology and Enterprise Upgrade (particularly Materials Technology) and Student Services/Administration Upgrade
    $1.00m
    $1.00m
    Totals
    $40.00m
    $14.25m
    $12.25m
    $8.50m
    $5.00m