There was an international touch when a time capsule was placed on site at the Technology School of the Future in Technology Park, Bentley, today.
Minister for Fuel and Energy Dr Geoff Gallop and Professor Roger Casanova of the Sophia Antipolis Science Park in Provence, placed the time capsule, which contained a gift from France and local material.
Professor Casanova is the leader of a delegation of 280 people from the Provence region of France, who are in Western Australia to establish on-going contact with the State and to celebrate the bicentenary of the landing of Admiral d'Entrecasteaux at Esperance Bay in 1792.
Dr Gallop said that the Sophia Antipolis Science Park was a world leader in technology.
"As the result of the delegation's visit I hope that long-term links between Sophia Antipolis and the Technology School of the Future will be established," the Minister said.
"This is a very exciting opportunity for our secondary students, as well as our technological and research industries."
The establishment of WA's School of the Future was announced by Education and Training Minister Kay Hallahan in October.
Dr Gallop, representing Mrs Hallahan, said that 15 different groups had submitted expressions of interest to design and build the school.
"Three of these groups will now be invited to prepare more detailed plans and a final decision on the winning group is expected early in the New Year," he said.
The Technology and Industry Advisory Council report recommending the school's establishment and a publicity brochure, as well as a newspaper will be inserted in the capsule as well as a gift from the French delegation.