Building on academic success

Swan Valley Anglican Community School principal Jason Bartell with plans for the school.
Swan Valley Anglican Community School principal Jason Bartell with plans for the school.

After leaping to 19th place in WA’s ATAR rankings last year, the school has now set its sights on a new Design and Technology Centre, set to open in term one of 2015.

Mr Bartell said the building would allow greater opportunities for students who were not pursuing ATAR courses.

‘This development will ensure that Swan Valley Anglican Community School can offer a range of certificate-level courses to those students who choose a vocational pathway,’ he said.

‘The facility will support the extension of the Vocational Education Training Program at the school.’

Highlights of the plan include woodwork and metalwork areas, where students will create everything from jewellery to furniture, and food and technology areas, with a commercial kitchen, for students who wish to study hospitality courses.

Mr Bartell said three more major capital works programs were in the school’s master plan after the Design and Technology Centre.

‘These include a performing arts centre, an expansion of the senior school building and an early learning centre,’ he said.

‘Over the next 10 years, it is planned to consolidate a three-stream junior school (kindergarten to Year 6) and a four-stream senior school with a combined school population of approximately 1400 students.’

This year, the senior school has 350 senior school enrolments, many who will hope to continue the school’s glowing reputation as a top performer.

Mr Bartell said last year’s excellent results were a result of staff ensuring positive relationships developed between them and the students.

‘This positive relationship ensures that staff invest in, and are committed to the success of our students and in turn our students reciprocate by committing to their studies,’ Mr Bartell said.

‘The ATAR results of our students are a wonderful acknowledgement of the commitment of the students to their studies, as well as the commitment of the staff to teach and support the students.’