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

    Science lab boost for Geraldton students

    7/08/2018 11:00 AM
    • Premier Mark McGowan officially opens Allendale Primary School's new science lab
    • Allendale PS one of the first 100 schools to have a classroom converted to a science lab
    • 100 classrooms to be converted by 2019, with another 100 to be selected for 2020
    • McGowan Government delivering its key 'Science in Schools' election commitment 

    Premier Mark McGowan today officially opened Allendale Primary School's brand new science laboratory.


    Primary school students worked in the lab for the first time and welcomed the opportunity to show off the new facility to the Premier. 


    The McGowan Government's $17 million 'Science in Schools' election commitment will see 200 primary school classrooms transformed into science laboratories by 2021.


    All selected primary schools also received $25,000 to purchase laboratory equipment and resources.


    Allendale Primary School has purchased technology including an interactive whiteboard, microscopes, iPads and robotics for the school's coding program.


    The school is an innovative leader in the Mid-West, and is a WA Primary School of the Year finalist in this year's WA Education Awards.


    Teacher Stephanie Briggs-Killick is a WA Premier's Primary Teacher of the Year finalist, and principal Lisa Criddle is last year's WA Primary Principal of the Year.


    Schools are selected to have classrooms transformed into science labs based on their plans to grow and improve science education to skill students up for the jobs of the future.


    Expressions of interest for the next round of science labs closes on Friday August 17, 2018.


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "We want all children in Western Australia to be passionate about science and prepared for the jobs of the future.


    "This is why students in WA public primary schools will now learn important science skills in contemporary science labs.


    "100 classrooms will be converted by 2019 with a further 100 classrooms to be converted by 2021, delivering one of my Government's key election commitments."


    Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Darren West:


    "The science lab at Allendale Primary School will add to the school's strong focus on science, which includes a coding program.


    "It is also a Teacher Development School for early childhood education, English and maths, where teachers share their knowledge and expertise with colleagues across the region.


    "These extra resources will be very beneficial to the students and assist in their studies.


    "I thank the school leadership, staff and students for getting behind this exciting project."


    Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Laurie Graham:


    "This science lab will provide exciting opportunities for students at Allendale Primary School.


    "The skills and concepts learnt in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are crucial for future job prospects.


    "I'm proud to be a part of the McGowan Government that is delivering for the Geraldton community."


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