New schools welcomed

Above: Atlantis Beach Baptist College principals Gary and Carol Harris. Below: Peter Katsambanis, John Quigley and  Peter Collier at the Yanchep announcement on Friday.
New schools welcomed
Above: Atlantis Beach Baptist College principals Gary and Carol Harris. Below: Peter Katsambanis, John Quigley and Peter Collier at the Yanchep announcement on Friday.

It follows news last Tuesday of a new private college for Two Rocks in 2016 and a State Government announcement on Friday of funding for a new public secondary school in Yanchep by 2019.

Times readers welcomed the Atlantis Beach Baptist College for Two Rocks and called for more public secondary schools in the region before Education Minister Peter Collier announced the secondary college for Yanchep.

Atlantis Beach, which will be headed by principals Gary and Carol Harris, is expecting to start next year with 200 students from pre-kindergarten to Year 11 before expanding the following year to take in Year 12s.

�About time,� Times reader Mellie-Lilly wrote in response to the new Baptist school.

�Why is there another private school?� Brooke Lewtas said. �All I am seeing lately is private schools going up. What ever happened to public-government?�

�We all need a decent public high school; why another private?� Brenda Blackwood said.

�Great news for Two Rocks and the schools that are currently looking after the student intake in the Two Rocks boundaries,� Louise Burton said.

The Government will set aside $57.2 million for the new Yanchep school to open in 2019 with students from years 7 to 11, while Yanchep District High will become a primary school in the same year.

North Metropolitan MLC Peter Katsambanis said the Government had recognised that a growing Yanchep needed a senior secondary school that locals could be proud of.

Butler MLA John Quigley said �putting off� education plans for the district until 2019 was unacceptable.

�What is the Government doing with Yanchep District High in the meantime?� he said. �What about all the students who have to suffer sub-standard education facilities?�

Mr Collier said $4.5 million would be allocated in the 2015-16 State Budget for an upgrade at Kinross College, including a new food studio, improved classrooms and specialist learning areas, an expanded administration building, student services facilities and an enhanced staff room.

The metropolitan north-west joint Development Assessment Panel yesterday approved a $14 million public primary school for Alkimos in Fairy Parade for 2017.