$3m expansion project begins
Theschool currently has about 500 students but when it takes in the full yearseven cohorts in 2015 this will grow to 700, principal Domenic Camera said thisweek.
Theschool population was continuing to grow, even without the expansion caused bythe year sevens coming in.
“Wehave had 14 new enrolments in term two this year, six at the start of termthree and more are coming all the time,” he said.
“Wehave been scoped for 800 with our current facilities and the department willreview it regularly.”
Money forthe school’s building and upgrade program was allocated in the last statebudget and the school community had been working on the plans since last year.
Theplanned new purpose-built student services building was a significantdevelopment, Mr Camera said.
It wouldhouse the school nurses, psychologists, Aboriginal education officers and houseleaders.
“Itwill accommodate all counselling services and be very flexible,” Mr Camerasaid.
Moreclassrooms could be built later behind that building, on the western side, asneeded.
Theschool hall would be upgraded, with an entry statement in the new foyer, akitchen and improved toilets.
Thegymnasium’s toilets and change rooms should also be upgraded.
“Wehope to have all the toilets done,” Mr Camera said.
Theschool access roadway and car parks should also be upgraded, making them easierto negotiate and more functional.
The performingarts centre would be radically upgraded, refitted and carpeted. It would includea new green room, new recording studio and new music practice rooms. Musicwould be brought into the arts centre.
All ofthe work should be completed early next year, Mr Camera said.
Thestudent services building should be completed by early February and the hall bythe end of February or early March.
BRIGHT FUTURE: the builders get busy as Collie Senior High School principal Domenic Camera and school captains Lachlan Dent and Jacinta Byrne recheck the plans to see what they are getting for the government’s $3 million investment.
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