Ocean Reef SHS gets $5m commitment from State Govt for new performing arts centre


Benjamin Friis, Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton, Shae Withers, Education Minister Sue Ellery, India-Rose Shephard, Principal Karon Brookes, Riley Gale and Madeli Bester. Picture: Martin Kennealey d473881
Benjamin Friis, Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton, Shae Withers, Education Minister Sue Ellery, India-Rose Shephard, Principal Karon Brookes, Riley Gale and Madeli Bester. Picture: Martin Kennealey d473881

OCEAN Reef Senior High School students will be able to explore their creative and artistic talents in a new performing arts centre from 2020.

Education Minister Sue Ellery was at the school yesterday to reiterate the State Government’s $5 million contribution allocated in the recent budget.

Planning is due to start next year, with construction expected to begin in the first half of 2019.

The new centre will replace the school’s existing performing arts facility, with a bigger drama space and theatres converted into dance studios.

Ms Ellery said Ocean Reef was one of five secondary schools to get new and upgraded performing arts centres.

“This is part of our major investment in public school infrastructure to build quality learning spaces for Western Australian students, creating new jobs for WA workers,” she said.

Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton said the centre would boost student participation in arts and cultural activities.

“The local community will benefit from the opportunity to attend first-class student productions,” she said.

“I am sure local families will welcome the new education experiences this will bring for their children.”

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