Public school bumper year


Olivia and Alice Blakemore started Year 3 at Avonvale PS.
Olivia and Alice Blakemore started Year 3 at Avonvale PS.

Emily and Abby Hardwick started Year 1 and Olivia and Alice Blakemore are in Year 3.

They joined nearly half a million children from kindergarten to Year 12 who headed back to the classroom this week for the start of the 2016 school year.

Education Minister Peter Collier said there was a record number of students in public schools this year: an estimated 297,000.

New public schools which opened in WA for the first time this week included Anne Hamersley Primary School in Ellenbrook ($15.8 million).