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Principal Steven Lamont, Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt and school board chairman Devon Wynne.

New science block for HillSide

STUDENTS and staff at HillSide Christian College will have a new science block, which includes two science laboratories and a science preparation area, after funding from the Turnbull Government.

Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt officially opened the new science block in Forrestfield on Friday, March 9 on behalf of Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham.

Mr Wyatt said it was great to visit HillSide Christian College to see the new facilities and how they would benefit students.

The government provided $310,000 in funding from the capital grants program, which provides funding for non-government schools to improve
capital infrastructure where they otherwise may not have access to sufficient capital resources.

Mr Wyatt said the government was committed to putting science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the heart of school education.

“It is critical to our nation’s future that more students study science and maths subjects,’’ he said.

He said the government’s school reforms would deliver real needs-based funding so that students with the same need within the same sector would attract the same support and with students who need the most support getting the most support, as quickly as possible.

Independent schools in Western Australia will also benefit from increased funding under these arrangements.

Funding for independent schools in Western Australia is estimated to grow from $511.1 million in 2017 to $547.9m in 2018, $671.5m in 2021 and $953.2m in 2027.

“This represents an average per student increase of 5.9 per cent each year over the next four years.’’

Mr Birmingham said the government’s recurrent funding growth would be tied to a range of evidence-based initiatives to support students by focussing on outcomes in literacy, numeracy and STEM subjects, helping lift teacher quality and better preparing our children for life after school.

Mr Wyatt said while buildings alone did not make a great school, he hoped students and staff would enjoy learning and be inspired by these new facilities.

“The Australian Government is committed to improving the quality of our schools and equipping students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world,’’ he said

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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