Promise of new high school for Yanchep

YANCHEP District High School currently has 22 transportable classrooms, but the Education Department says children will benefit when a secondary-only school opens in 2019.

“The school will be a major new secondary school for the growing northern corridor,” infrastructure executive director John Fischer said.

“The school will open for years 7 to 11 students with an anticipated enrolment of 690 students.

“From 2020, the new school will expand to offer Year 12 and will offer specialist facilities including science laboratories and technology workshops.”

With the first primary school in Alkimos opening this week, Mr Fischer said another would open in the suburb in 2017.

“We have been monitoring the growth in this corridor and have set aside sites for further schools in the Alkimos to Yanchep corridor,” he said.

“Yanchep District High School will revert to a primary school when the secondary school opens.”

Mr Fischer said there were currently 22 transportable classrooms at YDHS and the department would provide more if student numbers increased.

“Transportable classrooms are beneficial as they allow us to respond quickly to fluctuations in student numbers,” he said.

“It would not be practical nor sustainable to build new learning areas or whole new schools every time a school experiences an increase in student numbers.

“Typically, it takes two years to plan for and build a primary school, and three years for a high school.

“Changes in student enrolment numbers happen regularly as suburbs and regions mature, are rejuvenated or experience population growth.

“Last year YDHS was among several WA schools to receive a spruce-up including carpeting of 20 rooms, additional car parking, tree maintenance and gutter repairs.

“Almost $1 million was spent to improve the condition of the school – the works also included sewerage connections, a revamp of the demountable design and technology classrooms and the construction of a path to the City of Wanneroo oval.

“A further $100,000 was spent on information technology upgrades.”

Mr Fischer said children from Yanchep, Two Rocks and Eglinton could currently go to Butler College or private schools for years 11 and 12.

The Times asked the department to provide figures for the number of school-aged children currently living in the area and future forecasts, but it said it did not have that information.

“The department considers a range of options when looking at sites for future schools, including current student enrolments, changes to school structures, community profile, size of intake areas, population and dwelling forecasts prepared by external agencies and Australian Bureau of Statistics data,” a spokeswoman said.

 

School-by-school enrolment figures

YANCHEP District High School had 330 high school students last term, and a total of 311 primary school students.

Yanchep Beach Primary School had 490 students in total, while Two Rocks Primary School had 431.

Alkimos Primary School, which opened yesterday, covers the south-east portion of Alkimos (Trinity estate) and north-east portion of Butler, including families living on and north of Hollyford Parade.

Reaching a total of 716 students last year, John Butler Primary College covers the rest of Alkimos, north-west Butler and northern portion of Jindalee.

According to the Education Department’s website, the Butler College intake area for 2015 covered Butler, Jindalee, half of Quinns Rocks, half of Merriwa and half of Ridgewood, and extended up to the Alkimos-Eglinton border.

The college had 1277 students in years 7 to 10 last year, and this year has its first Year 11 classes – those will become the first Year 12 classes in 2017.

The website also shows the 2015 intake area for Mindarie Senior College – which only accommodates years 11 and 12 – covered half of Quinns Rocks, Mindarie, Burns Beach and Kinross.

That college had 897 students last year, and has accommodated students from suburbs farther north until Butler College starts its years 11 and 12.

Due to accommodate students from years 7 to 11 when it opens in 2019, the first stage of the Yanchep secondary school will include classrooms, administration, medical centre, library, sports hall and cafeteria.

The school’s specialist facilities will include science laboratories, information technology workshops, and food and textile studios, plus facilities for visual arts, dance, music and media.

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