More classrooms will ease squeeze

new building for year 7 students
new building for year 7 students

Churchlands was one of 29 secondary schools in WA to receive State Government funding for capital works to ease the transition of Year 7 students from primary to secondary school.

Principal Neil Hunt said the school community was happy to add the new building, which will include 12 classrooms and facilities for science, arts and technology subjects, to its infrastructure.

‘If we don’t have this new building we’ll need another 16 demountables to accommodate the influx of Year 7 students so basically it’s providing permanent accommodation for the anticipated enrolment of 360 new students,’ Mr Hunt said.

‘We’ve also had a look at modern classroom design so in some of the learning spaces we’ll certainly complement the teaching and instructional strategies we’re trying to imbed in the school.’

Mr Hunt said the school was working with the Education Department to provide clarity to residents about the project, including a letter drop answering commonly asked questions. ‘I think they’ve got confidence we’ll manage it appropriately,’ he said.

Department of Education executive director infrastructure John Fischer said construction would take place at the south east side of the school between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday but not on Sundays.