Funded by donations and the school’s normal financial management, the new building has replaced ageing facilities scattered around the campus and will cope with the big demand for science courses in the senior school.
St Hilda’s is bucking the WA trend and has an unusually high number of girls studying at least two science subjects in their final years.
The new facility means students will be able to take part in more activities and experiments and not just watch demonstrations.
Head of Science Cecilia Kinsella said science had changed over the past 30 years and the school needed new facilities to reflect those changes.
‘The fundamental difference that science makes to our lives, the emphasis we must place on it as the gateway to the future and exploring and discovering beyond the boundaries of knowledge we understand today are all encapsulated in the environment in which we learn,’ Ms Kinsella said.
‘This huge opportunity will unlock the next generation of young scientists.’