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New High School Given Green
Canning Times January 9-15,
Canning Vale students will be able to complete
their schooling closer to home by 2003 following the announcement
that a new high school will go ahead.
Education Minister Colin Barnett has committed funding for the
Canning Vale High School to be built by 2004 and approved plans for
a temporary facility to be established the year earlier.
He said it had not been decided if the new facility would be a
conventional high school or a co-located or separate middle school
and senior college.
"There needs to be a lot of community consultation to determine
what the community wants and that will all take place this
year," he said.
The proposed site was bounded by Frazer, Dumbarton and Comrie roads
and the middle school option alone would cost about $16 million.
The minister said projected figures indicated there would be about
160 Year 8 students in the area ready to start high school in 2003,
which warranted starting the school before the permanent facility
Canning Vale Progress Association president Peter Green said a
planning committee would be formed to carry out the community
consultation. He said one of the main objectives was to identify a
suitable site for the temporary school.
"There are a few ideas we can explore and there are a number of
large buildings that could be utilised," he said.
One option was to house the students in transportable classrooms and
the community facilities at the existing Canning Vale primary.
Mr Green said local residents had stressed that whatever option was
chosen, they wanted the new school to be a community facility
available for use outside school hours.
"Facilities such as the library, gymnasium, sports ground and
rooms for adult evening classes could all be used after hours,"
he said. "However, we are going to need a solid financial
commitment from the Gosnells City Council to achieve that."
Southern River MLA Monica Holmes, who chaired the Canning Vale
Community High School Committee from Its inception in April 1999,
said the approval had been a long time coming.
"Now we want to work with the community to find out what they
want, she said, "That will be done through a series of public
Vale 'needs school now'
Canning Times January 16-22,
Canning councillor Alan Stubbs wants speedy
action on a new Canning Vale high school, saying rapid growth in the
suburb already warrants a secondary school.
Education Minister Colin Barnett last week promised funding for a
new school to be built by 2004 and approved plans for a temporary
facility in 2003.
But Cr Stubbs said a school was needed now. He said about 60
students graduated from Canning Vale Primary School and 20 from
Ranford Primary School last year.
According to Education Department data, 78 students graduated from
Canning Vale primary in 1999, with 35 per cent going to Willetton
Senior high School, 16 per cent going to Lynwood, 12 per cent going
to Thornlie, 9 per cent going to Leeming and 8 per cent going
to Carey College, Forrestdale.
Nine students completed Year 7 at Ranford Primary in 1999 - the
school's inaugural year.
A third Canning Vale primary school, being built on the corner of
Comrie and Campbell Street may further increase graduating numbers.
"It would seem to me that the graduating classes of the two
schools alone are between 80 and 100 Year 7 children," Cr
"I am anxious to bring the date forward."
"My preferred option is 2002, but to be realistic, we probably
couldn't get it before 2003".
Cr Stubbs said public facilities could be used while the school is
But he said identifying temporary sites was a matter for the
He suggested the Christian Community Church on Ranford Road, which
caters for a congregation of more that 1000 each Sunday, as a
He also suggested a community hall next to Canning Vale as an
"We need to begin to develop a sense of school identity in
Canning Vale," Cr Stubbs said.
"Assuming the Government does not get its act together before
2004, it would be ideal for a nucleus to already be formed."
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