Full steam ahead for new Baldivis high school


Building for the future are (from left) Allan Schuddinh, Reece Whitby, Laurie Longworth and Waikin Wong.
Building for the future are (from left) Allan Schuddinh, Reece Whitby, Laurie Longworth and Waikin Wong.

CONSTRUCTION of a new Baldivis high school is gaining pace with the majority of structures already up.

Dubbed ‘South Baldivis Secondary School’ it is set to ease pressure on Baldivis Secondary College which currently is over its capacity of 1500 students with more than 1670 students in attendance.

It will offer parents an alternative to current school structures, said its principal Laurie Longworth.

“It will be different from the norm,” he said. “I have a big interest in music so there will be a focus on music – both classical and modern.

“There will be student workshops and laboratories including one for new digital technologies.”

Parry and Rosenthal Architects architect Waikin Wong said materials used in the building would reduce future maintenance.

“All the block work is sealed and will not need to be painted ever and steel structures have been hot-dipped galvanised,” he said.

“It was the main focus to make a building that will reduce costs for the school.

“You want money spent on the kids, not building maintenance.”

ADCO Constructions project manager Allan Schuddinh said the building was built for students.

“They are long buildings with significant overhangs providing shade for student walkways,” he said.

Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby said the cost of the school was $40.6 million. It is set to open in 2019.

“The new South Baldivis Secondary School will give families in Perth’s booming southern suburb access to first-class facilities for their children’s education,” he said.

“Students will receive a high quality education with new digital technologies and business studies laboratories, a fitness centre with multi-purpose courts and change rooms, food studios and a science area with 10 laboratories.

“This new modern secondary school will ease demand on Baldivis Secondary College, while giving families access to another quality secondary school in the area.”

Stage one will cater for 725 students.