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   New High School Given Green Light
Canning Times January 9-15, 2001

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 was finished.

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 meetings."



   Canning Vale 'needs school now'
Canning Times January 16-22, 2001

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 Stubbs said.

"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 being built.

But he said identifying temporary sites was a matter for the Education Department.

He suggested the Christian Community Church on Ranford Road, which caters for a congregation of more that 1000 each Sunday, as a makeshift option.

He also suggested a community hall next to Canning Vale as an alternative.

"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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