Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Federal-State Relations

    New era to begin for secondary students in Geraldton

    8/08/2018 12:05 PM
    • New school names, uniforms and logos for expanded secondary schools
    • Students to begin 2019 in expanded schools
    • Specialist facilities at both schools to set students up for jobs of the future
    • McGowan Government infrastructure investment at Geraldton schools underway 

    Geraldton's two high schools will start the 2019 school year with new names, uniforms and logos.


    Geraldton Senior College will become Geraldton Senior High School, while John Willcock College will become Champion Bay Senior High School.


    John Willcock College currently has students from Years 7 to 9. Geraldton Senior College currently has students in Years 10 to 12. Both will expand over the next three years to cater for Years 7 to 12.


    Both schools are finalising new uniforms and logos with input from the school community.


    Premier Mark McGowan today visited both schools to welcome the new changes and see some of the school infrastructure upgrades, which will ensure students are learning in modern environments.


    The State Government's $20 million investment at John Willcock College will give students access to a new materials and technology building, performing arts and music building, cafeteria. There will also be a new staff room and the administration and arts buildings will also be refurbished.


    Geraldton Senior College students will enjoy upgraded classrooms in the English block and the materials technology, food and textiles studios. The administration block has also been upgraded.


    Students at both schools will have access to a full curriculum with pathways leading to VET qualifications, an ATAR or future employment and the Clontarf Academy will continue to run at both schools.


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "This is an exciting time for students in Geraldton with the expansion to both local secondary schools.


    "With the record number of students in WA public schools, my Government is doing what we can to ensure our schools can continue to support the growing numbers of students in modern, first-class facilities.


    "The $20 million investment at John Willcock College - soon to be Champion Bay Senior High School - will see a new music and dance facility built, as well as a new technologies centre, giving students access to modern, first-class facilities in which to learn.


    "A specialist academic program will also be established at Champion Bay from 2020 for students from Years 7 to 10, focusing on science, technology, engineering and maths subjects to set students up for the jobs of the future."


    Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Darren West:


    "Students at both senior high schools in Geraldton can look forward to first-class education facilities into the future.


    "Geraldton Senior High School's state-of-the-art Trade Training Centre will continue to provide programs in laboratory skills, engineering and electrotechnology. The centre will be accessed by students from both schools.


    "The McGowan Government is investing heavily in schools in regional WA to ensure students get the best possible education, no matter where they live."


    Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Laurie Graham:


    "The McGowan Government's investment in Champion Bay Senior High School will see students learning in innovative new classrooms and specialist buildings.


    "The school's language centre will continue supporting students with language backgrounds other than English.


    "This is the start of a new era of secondary schooling in Geraldton."


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