HARRISDALE's new $57 million secondary school is expected to open in 2017, with construction now underway.
Education Minister Peter Collier marked the start of the project at an official sod-turning event on July 31.
He said the school would ease pressure on surrounding secondary schools in Perth’s south-eastern corridor.
Among other things, it will provide families with a state-of-the-art education facility in their neighbourhood.
‘The new school forms part of an education precinct for the Harrisdale community, which also includes a new primary school and a recreational development by the City of Armadale,’ he said.
‘I am sure the physical link between the primary and secondary schools will encourage strong ties and plenty of opportunities for collaboration between staff and students.’
The building will be completed in two stages.
The first stage will cater for 725 students from years 7 to 12.
It will include eight general classrooms with learning areas, student services, a medical centre, science laboratories, information technology and business studies laboratories, technology graphic laboratories, food technology studios and a textiles studio.
Outside there will be a football oval with a cricket pitch and practice nets, four multi-purpose courts, a gymnasium and fitness centre.
The school’s sporting facilities will be shared with the community through an agreement to combine the secondary school oval, proposed primary school oval and adjoining public open space.
The Education Department will appoint an inaugural principal in 2016 to take responsibility for setting up and running the new school.
It will initially enrol students in Year 7 and operate in 2017 as an independent public school.