- More than 1,100 local students start at new secondary school
- Major additions and upgrades of $30 million to revitalise secondary education in Fremantle
- Building includes specialist facilities for marine studies, contemporary music and Information Communication Technology
More than 1,100 students in Years 7 to 12 are the first to learn in a newly renovated secondary school in historic Fremantle.
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today officially opened Fremantle College, established through the amalgamation of Hamilton Senior High School and South Fremantle Senior High School.
The existing South Fremantle site underwent $30 million of upgrades and additions including state-of-the-art science laboratories, specialist facilities for marine studies, art rooms, a media television studio with green screen, and a full commercial kitchen attached to a restaurant for private functions.
Students will learn in specialist programs including marine studies, Information Communication Technology and contemporary music. There is also an Academic Excellence Academy, a Performing Arts Academy and an AFL Academy for both male and female students.
The McGowan Government is investing more than $477 million to build new schools and upgrade existing facilities across the State, ensuring students have access to modern education facilities.
Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
"This is an exciting day for more than 1,100 foundation students and staff of Fremantle College who are learning and teaching in exceptional facilities.
"The expertise and commitment of the principal and staff will establish the college as a school of excellence for young people in the local area.
"The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring Western Australian students have access to the best possible education and are learning in the best possible facilities."
Comments attributed to Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk:
"Secondary education in Fremantle has been revitalised with the opening of the new Fremantle College.
"The school will focus on academic and vocational excellence to provide students with pathways after they graduate - whether they aspire to go on to university, further training or work.
"The specialist programs in marine studies, Information Communication Technology and a particular focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics will ensure students have the skills they need for the jobs of the future.
"I'm confident the local community will get behind this school and I expect it to go from strength to strength."
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