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Western Australia Minister for Education Elizabeth Constable

Four New Primary Schools To Be Built In Time For 2012 School Year

Victor P Taffa

The Western Australia State Government will today announce that four new primary schools will be built at an estimated total cost of $56 Million in time to open for the 2012 school year.

These new schools are part of the State Government’s record $1.1 Billion investment in new schools and building, refurbishment and improvement work across the State this year.

Education Minister Liz Constable said the new schools in Aveley, Malvern Springs (Ellenbrook), Meadow Springs (North of Mandurah) and Piara Waters (North of Forrestdale) will be built to meet the educational needs of some of Perth’s fastest growing suburbs and are expected to cost $14 Million each.

“This represents a major investment by the State Government in the education and social needs and the future of each of these growing communities.” the Minister said.

“On the first day of school in 2012, about 1,000 children across these four new schools will benefit from brand new classrooms, libraries, and sporting facilities which will be designed to be more efficient to build, have highly practical teaching spaces and include provision for the latest technology.”

“The schools will be designed to be environmentally sustainable, have enhanced accessibility, and will be equipped with the latest in computer technology, including fibre optic cabling and wireless networks throughout the classrooms.” Dr. Constable said.

Each school will comprise thirteen classrooms; three early childhood education classrooms; library/resource centre; a music room; an art/craft room; covered assembly area; canteen; administrative and staff facilities.

A grassed oval together with hard courts for netball, basketball and tennis will also be provided.

Architects will be appointed immediately to commence the planning and the preparation of tender documents for the new schools.

Construction is expected to commence in November this year with completion scheduled for January 2012 when it is expected that more than 240 students in Kindergarten to Year Seven will enrol at each school.

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