School’s in for 2014

MPS Architect designs for the north Butler primary school facing south-west (top) and north-east (bottom).
MPS Architect designs for the north Butler primary school facing south-west (top) and north-east (bottom).

But when statewide changes to school structure occur in 2015, Year 7s will become part of high schools.

‘For one year we will be K to 7, then it will be K to 6,’ principal Brett Lewis said.

‘For one year there will be two years of graduates.’

Although he was involved in establishing a school in Hopetoun in 2006, Mr Lewis said much had changed in the way schools were designed and resourced.

‘The playground equipment used to be (installed) after the school was built,’ he said.

‘(Now) the playground equipment will be put in as part of the build so it will be there on the first day.

‘There will be interactive whiteboards in every classroom ” that didn’t happen in Hopetoun six years ago.’

Education Department infrastructure executive director John Fischer said the school in north Butler would include a five-classroom early childhood block and three four-classroom general teaching blocks, including an inclusive education classroom and art and craft facilities.

‘The school was designed by MPS Architects and is budgeted to cost an estimated $26.7 million,’ Mr Fischer said.

‘It will be located on a 4.5 hectare plot with frontages on to Halesworth Parade and Hollington Boulevard.

‘The school is on an elevated position which will provide ocean views and is within two kilometres of the coast.’

Mr Fischer said the school’s education support facility would have a therapy room, sensory room and offices, physiotherapy gym and a therapy pool.

It will also have a covered assembly area, library and staff room block, administration block, parking, an oval, cricket pitch and nets, two netball or basketball courts and two tennis courts.

Education Minister Peter Collier said Butler was one of the fastest growing suburbs in WA, and the school would be built to the latest design principles.

‘As a fully inclusive school, this new primary school will also include top-class facilities to support high-needs students,’ he said.

‘This new primary school is due to open for the 2014 school year and will complement the facilities at Butler College which opened its doors to local students at the start of the school year.’