The Hedland Collective has welcomed the announcement of details of the WA Government’s investment of $15 million in essential upgrades to Hedland Senior High School.
The upgrades will deliver a new sports hall, staff facilities and four general learning classrooms. Refurbishments across the school include STEM facilities, IT laboratories, home economics laboratory, childcare vocational training room and the Education Support Centre.
The Collective recognises the importance of these significant improvements to the school, which is one of the oldest schools in the Pilbara and provides educational opportunities for students across the region.
“This announcement is a very exciting one for our school and will add immeasurably to the quality of the learning programs Hedland Senior High School offers to its students, said Mary Griffiths Principal at Hedland Senior High School
“Hedland Senior High School has a proud history of successfully educating thousands of West Australians. These graduates are now community leaders in diverse industries across the state, the nation and around the world. Improving the learning environment with this wonderful building project will help to inspire and motivate current and future generations of Hedland Senior High school students.”
Architects have been appointed and work will begin in July with completion expected by the second half of 2021. The project is expected to create more than 290 local jobs.
This upgrade of facilities at Hedland Senior High School can only benefit the education and training of the town’s youth to provide them with the skills to enter the workforce; which is a key focus for the Hedland Collective. These upgrades will assist in ensuring the practical education of students engaged in the school-based traineeships.
With child care another key area of advocacy for the Collective, the planned improvements to the childcare vocational training facility are also welcome, as they will assist in ensuring the future provision of child care in Hedland.
The announcement follows advocacy from local MLA Kevin Michel and the school community.
“I am proud that we are able to upgrade the facilities to the standard that the staff and students deserve,” Mr Michel said.
“The $15 million investment will go toward upgrading the facilities the school has identified with me that need the most work done, creating jobs for local Pilbara workers.
“Hedland Senior High is a fantastic local school and I look forward to continuing to work with the school community.”
Hedland Collective believes this investment from the Government will help to ensure that Hedland continues to be a great place to live, work and learn. As the only high school in the community, this investment is essential to Hedland Senior High School continuing to provide a positive learning environment for students and ensuring pathways to employment.