On time and on budget

Top: Associate principal Elizabeth Smith, principal Eleanor Hughes and business manager Ali Boshell. Above: An artist’s impression of the front of the school.
Top: Associate principal Elizabeth Smith, principal Eleanor Hughes and business manager Ali Boshell. Above: An artist’s impression of the front of the school.

Foundation principal Eleanor Hughes surveyed students from Tapping, Carramar and Banksia Grove on what it means to be a ‘good teacher’ before interviewing potential staff for the new $58.5 million college.

‘The students said a good teacher was someone who cared, was strict, but not too strict,’ Mrs Hughes said.

‘In the process of employing new teachers, I’ve been asking them about what makes them passionate to teach and how they will motivate their students to become better citizens.’

Eight months into construction, stage 1 is due to finish on time and on budget this November. The parent steering committee ” with help from more than 1000 Facebook followers ” recently chose the school colours, logo and uniform.

‘It’s hard to believe the changes that have happened just in the past three to four months,’ Mrs Hughes said.

At the completion of stage 1, the school will feature a multi-use oval and a 180-seat theatre, both available for use by community groups and the City of Wanneroo.

Stage 1 will also see the administration block, classrooms, library, performing arts and music centre, school cafe, football oval, hockey oval and gymnasium ready for the first intake of students.

Stage 2 will include a film and TV studio and commercial kitchen facilities. 

Timeline of Joseph Banks Secondary College
– March 2012 Then Education Minister Liz Constable announces high school to open in Banksia Grove in 2015.
– June 2012 First sod of soil turned.
– October 2012 Banksia Grove high school receives $8 million State grant to help cater for Year 7 students making the move to high school.
– January 2014 Stage 1 begins, foundations go down, walls start to go up.
–  March 2014 Steering committee of parent representatives forms.
– April 2014 Enrolment packages distributed.
– June 2014 Education Minister approves school name Joseph Banks Secondary College.
– February 2015 Year 7 and 8 students begin classes.
– 2018 Stage 2 complete.