- First sod turned for new $46 million Shenton College facilities
- Construction to help create jobs for Western Australians
- New $3.5 million classroom addition opened at West Leederville Primary School
The first sod has been turned at Shenton College marking the official start of a $46 million expansion of the flagship public school.
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery broke ground at the site of Stage 2 of the Shenton College learning hub, which will provide facilities for an additional 1,000 Year 11 and 12 students - taking the school's permanent capacity to 2,600 students.
The senior secondary students will have new general classrooms as well as specialist classrooms for science, visual and performing arts, multimedia, IT and business studies.
The learning hub will also include food and technology facilities and a new cafeteria.
The gymnasium will be extended and new multi-purpose sports courts will be built as well as a new technology and enterprise centre.
The works are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
At West Leederville Primary School, students have started the school year with a brand new $3.5 million second storey classroom addition which was officially opened by the Minister this week.
The second storey addition, completed late last year, has five classrooms, toilets for students, a staffroom, semi-enclosed verandah and an accessible access toilet and elevator.
Extra grassed play space for students was created after two temporary classrooms were removed.
Opened in 1898, West Leederville Primary School has surged in popularity in recent years, with enrolment numbers rising from 350 students in 2013 to more than 550 students in 2018.
Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
"This is an important milestone in the evolution of Shenton College and the new facilities look set to become a vibrant hub of teaching, learning and community activity.
"Once the facilities are completed, the school's reputation for providing high-quality education for students will be further boosted by this outstanding learning environment."
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