New Alkimos College offers specialised learning program

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Students with Premier Mark McGowan, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and Butler MLA John Quigley at the opening of the new Alkimos College.

ALKIMOS College is one of eight secondary schools across Western Australia chosen to have a specialised autism spectrum disorder learning program.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said with the program already in place at Alkimos Primary School students would have a seamless transition from kindergarten to Year 12 if they required it.

“The new college will (also) take some of the pressure off Butler College, which has grown rapidly to cater for almost 1800 students since opening in 2013,’’ she said.

This morning Ms Ellery was joined by Premier Mark McGowan and Butler MLA John Quigley to officially open the new college.

The $48.4 million college also has a whole school approach to science, technology, engineering and mathematics and an academic program Alpha, open to students with high academic achievement in mathematics, English, science, humanities and social sciences and health and wellbeing.

Two students were selected for the Alpha program $500 academic scholarship to assist them financially, after submitting an application outlining how they would provide leadership and contribute to the new college.

The college has purpose-built classrooms, including two double storey blocks, laboratories and studios, administration and student services, cafeteria and outdoor dining areas, and sporting fields.

Mr McGowan said Perth’s northern suburbs were booming and the government was focused on ensuring families had world-class facilities to keep up with the growing population.

Mr Quigley said Alkimos College would deliver the highest standards of learning and cater for students of all abilities for years to come in the Butler electorate.