Money for Yanchep college expansion

The McGowan Government has committed $13.7 million for stage two of the Yanchep Secondary College.

PLANNING is set to start for the second building stage of Yanchep Secondary College with the McGowan Government committing $13.7 million in the 2018-19 State Budget for the project.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said the college opened this year with just under 600 students from Years 7 to 11 and would expand to Year 12 students next year.

Ms Ellery said the school had science and computing laboratories, specialist woodwork, metalwork and home economics rooms, 33 general classrooms, a gymnasium and sporting fields.

Stage two of the building program will include a lecture theatre, performing arts centre, music and media facility, visual arts studios and additional student services facilities.

“Detailed planning will start in June 2018 and building will start in the second half of 2019, with anticipated completion in late 2020,’’ she said.

She said the school will then be able to accommodate 875 students.

“The new performing arts centre will mean students can stage live performances, an important part of the drama curriculum in Years 11 and 12,’’ she said.

“The school already has a strong focus on coding and gaming, science, the ocean and the natural environment, and the new facilities will mean students can access specialist facilities for a broader range of subjects.

“The McGowan Government is committed to providing all Western Australian students with a high-quality education, and investing in school infrastructure to keep up with the State’s growing population.

“That’s why we are investing $468.7 million to build and upgrade schools across the State, including this $13.7 million investment for stage two of Yanchep Secondary College.”