The McGowan Government is giving the Derby District High School a $20.9 million upgrade to improve education facilities and student services.
The multi-million-dollar investment includes the demolition of two old classroom blocks that will be replaced with contemporary teaching buildings.
The education facilities will be designed to provide greater flexibility and enable staff to deliver diverse programs that meet the learning needs of students.
As part of the redevelopment, there will also be a new student services building including rooms for the Clontarf Football Academy, a new canteen, and a new facility for students including toilets, change rooms, showers and a laundry.
A staff amenities building with a staffroom, study areas and toilets will also be included in the redevelopment, while the school’s existing staff area will receive refurbishments to repurpose it as office space.
The planning process will involve seeking input from the local community and educators to capture the needs of the local community.
As stated by Treasurer Ben Wyatt:
“Opened in 1960, many of the school buildings at Derby District High School reflect the build and design standards from the time of their construction.
“Student engagement and regular attendance will be a focus of the new and upgraded facilities at Derby District High School.
“This is fundamental to achieving improved educational outcomes and wellbeing for students, and help give them the best possible start in life.”
As stated by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
“I am very pleased to announce these important and significant upgrades at Derby District High School.
“I understand how important this project is for the local community, and these new facilities will not only support the delivery of educational programs, but provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for local families and the school community.
“What we want is for children and their families to be proud of their school – to start each school day knowing that their education is valued and that they have access to excellent facilities and a high-quality learning environment.”
As stated by Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer:
“I am so pleased to see this funding allocated to Derby District High School and also to be part of a government that is prepared to seek input from the local community and educators on what they consider should be included.
“This consultation will ensure that the upgrades cater for the unique cultural and learning requirements of our youth.”