New and improved facilities to better support Albany students

Date: 11 May 2018

McGowan Government invests $9.8 million to upgrade Albany Secondary Education Support Centre and North Albany Senior High School

A new sensory room is among the facilities set to benefit students at Albany Secondary Education Support Centre, as part of the McGowan Labor Government's $9.8 million investment funding commitment in the 2018-19 State Budget.

 

The centre will receive new and upgraded facilities, including a lifeskills room to provide students with confidence to live independently, and a classroom designed to develop students' senses through lighting, colours, sounds and objects.

 

Eight classrooms will be refurbished to meet growing enrolments, and existing classrooms at the co-located North Albany Senior High School will be repurposed.

 

A meeting room and staff study area are also included in the upgrades, and the secondary school and education support centre will both benefit from new parking facilities.

 

Planning for the new facilities will begin later this year, with work expected to be completed in 2021.

 

North Albany Senior High School will also get six new classrooms, two science laboratories, a staff study area, and more staff and student toilets.

 

The McGowan Government is investing $468.7 million in the 2018-19 State Budget to build and improve Western Australian public schools.

 

This investment in school infrastructure will help support jobs for Western Australians, and ensure students are learning in modern facilities that are well equipped to give their students the support they need.

 

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:

 

"It's important for schools to have learning facilities that suit the needs of their students, including students with disability.

 

"Peter Watson took me to visit Albany Secondary Education Support Centre recently and I saw for myself the fantastic work the teachers and staff do, but also the need for more classrooms to help with growing enrolments and specialist facilities to help support students' learning.

 

"The new and upgraded facilities at the two schools are an important investment in regional education and will give students a modern environment in which to learn." 

 

Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson:

 

"The Albany Secondary Education Support Centre is critical for local students to develop their skills and independence while receiving a quality education at a school that is close to home.

 

"These upgrades will help meet the individual high support needs of the students at the centre, including specialist facilities, to provide the necessary personal care or behaviour support they need."

 

Minister's office - 6552 5700

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