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post Aug 29 2007, 06:33 PM
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Premier Alan Carpenter officially opened a $29.8million secondary college and a new community library and performing arts centre in Ellenbrook, Perth today.

Mr Carpenter said the new facilities were an outstanding example of what could be done when a community worked together to achieve a vision.

“The Department of Education and Training, the City of Swan, LWP Property Group and T&Z Architects worked together with the local community to create this exciting urban education precinct,” Mr Carpenter said.

“It features three general learning areas, administration and student service areas, a cafe, a specialist technology and enterprise centre as well as the community library and performing arts centre.”

Swan Hills MLA Jaye Radisich said the college, which was located in the town centre, was a state-of-the-art facility with the latest in computer technology.

“Students will benefit from features like fibre optic cabling and a wireless network throughout the classrooms,” Ms Radisich said.

“The wider community will benefit from the use of the performing arts centre and community library through a partnership with the City of Swan.”

Ellenbrook Secondary College, which was built by Cooper and Oxley Builders Pty Ltd, opened earlier this year with 300 students from years seven to 10.

It is expected that 400 students will be enrolled at the College for the start of the next school year.

The State Government contributed $25.1million towards the project, with the City of Swan contributing $4.7million towards the performing arts centre and community library.

Mr Carpenter said he was using Western Australia’s strong economy to provide better education facilities across the Western Australia and was spending more on education than any other State Government.

“At the last election we promised to build 39 new schools worth $400million, spend $300million to upgrade existing schools and spend another $300million for school maintenance work.

“We have already built, planned or announced 41 new schools – 30 primary schools and 11 new secondary schools.”


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post Dec 19 2007, 09:00 AM
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Premier Alan Carpenter today announced a $25million plan to turn Ellenbrook Secondary College north of Perth, in the Swan Valley, into a senior high school by 2010.

Stage Two of the development will see the construction of two buildings enabling the college to offer Year 11 courses in 2010 and Year 12 courses in 2011.

The $30.5million first stage of the school, purpose-built for students in Years 7 to 10, was opened last February with 306 Year 7 and 8 students. The City of Swan contributed $5.3million and the State Government put in $25.2million.

“Students living in the catchment area have previously had to travel to Hampton Senior High School, Lockridge Senior High School or Governor Stirling Senior High School to complete their Year 11 and 12 studies,” Mr Carpenter said.

“The decision to complete the construction of a senior high school in Ellenbrook now means the end of long daily journeys for high school students living in the area.

“Instead, they will have a spacious, state-of-the-art public school with outstanding facilities right on their doorstep.

“The college is already looking forward to welcoming Year 9 students in 2008 and Year 10 students the following year, before achieving full senior high school status in 2010.

“By the completion of this project, Ellenbrook students will have a new and world-class school which will provide a positive and productive learning environment for many years to come.”

Swan Hills MLA Jaye Radisich was thrilled with today’s announcement.

“I am so proud that the Carpenter Government has again recognised Ellenbrook as an important, and growing, regional centre, and has committed funds to ensure world-class public education for local students up to Year 12,” Ms Radisich said.

“I have advocated on behalf of the Ellenbrook community about the importance of extending Ellenbrook Secondary College to cater for years 11 and 12, so it pleases me no end that the State Government is delivering.

“In its first year of operation, Ellenbrook Secondary College has developed a strong reputation and school spirit, and I look forward to that strong start continuing in the future.”

The Premier said tenders would be called for Stage Two in late 2008. Construction is expected to start in early 2009, with completion of the various stages to take place throughout 2010.

The new Stage Two building works will comprise two new buildings which will include:

eight science laboratories with associated preparation rooms, stores and computing area;
materials technology area including woodwork and metalwork studios, machine room and technical graphics studio;
10 general upper school classrooms;
education support classroom;
lecture theatre;
resource/activity area;
three computer laboratories; and
fitness centre and health education classroom.
External works will include four new tennis courts while additions and refurbishments will also be made to the existing Stage One buildings, including new textiles and visual arts studios.

Mr Carpenter said the State Government was using Western Australia’s strong economy to provide better education facilities for all young Western Australians.

“We are spending more than $1billion on capital works projects at schools across Western Australia,” he said.

“We are spending $300million on upgrades, a further $300million on school maintenance and we have built, planned or announced 43 new schools, worth more than $400million.”


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