Funding helps students at Collie Senior High School

Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery and Member for Collie-Preston Mick Murray toured Collie Senior High School.
Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery and Member for Collie-Preston Mick Murray toured Collie Senior High School.

Collie Senior High School is set for a huge upgrade after it received $7.5 million in funding from the state government.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and Member for Collie-Preston Mick Murray toured the school with principal Dale Miller on November 16 to announce the investment.

The funding will be used to build eight new classrooms at the school along with upgrading a range of other classrooms, including food and art studios.

Work on the upgrade is expected to begin in 2018.

Ms Ellery said the funding would help give Collie students the facilities needed to excel in their schooling.

“This investment will significantly improve the school’s existing learning spaces and will bring fantastic benefits for students,” she said.

“As well as six additional classrooms, two new education support classrooms will help a growing number of students with special needs and give them access to great new facilities.

“Students will now have a modern environment to learn in, enabling them to excel even further.”

Mr Murray said the funding was necessary to provide high school students with the best facilities in order to set them up for life post-school.

“The new classrooms at Collie Senior High School will be put to good use by the students and teachers,” he said.

“We are fulfilling our election commitment to replace demountable classrooms with permanent purpose-built classrooms, which the previous Government neglected to do.

“Giving our local kids a first-class education in up-to-date facilities is critical to set them up for jobs after they graduate.”

While on the visit, Ms Ellery and Mr Murray met with students and teachers, including the school’s arts and crafts teacher Trudy Curran, who is a nominee for the Department of Education’s Women of Achievement award.

The award recognises women who demonstrate outstanding leadership and contributions to public education.