Shenton College to undergo $49.5m expansion to accommodate growth


Construction of the Shenton College expansion is expected to begin late 2017.
Construction of the Shenton College expansion is expected to begin late 2017.

SHENTON College will undergo a $49.5 million expansion to accommodate an additional 1000 students after securing funding in last week’s 2016-17 State Budget.

The funding will pay for a new senior wing for the school, an additional 24 classrooms, a performing arts centre and a state-of-the-art sports hall to seat 1000 people.

Shenton College principal Chris Hill said the funding would allow for the growing population at the school which was predicted to rise from 1946 to 2200 students.

Mr Hill said the building would be one of the largest constructed on a WA school site.

“The forward planning was in place, but we were not aware we were going to get the funding,” he said.

“The school community is very happy that the Government has seen this project through.

“We believe the facility will be state-of-the-art.

“The school will have dedicated music and arts facilities for the first time and improved visual arts, as well as a megatronics and robotics laboratory.”

Education Minister Peter Collier said the expansion would allow for the college’s growing popularity.

“New classrooms and specialist facilities are needed because of the enormous popularity and success of Shenton College,” he said.

“Shenton College is a large school but it is by no means cramped. We are ensuring it stays that way through this $49.5 million investment.”

Mr Collier said additional funding had been allocated to western suburbs schools to combat growing enrolments.

“Funding of $38.8 million has already been allocated to expand Churchlands Senior High School by 2018,” he said.

“The government has also allocated $1 million in the State Budget for planning a new secondary school in the western suburbs.”