Premier Mark McGowan and Education Minister Sue Ellery visited Wanneroo Primary School today where students are now learning in the school’s new modern outdoor science lab.
Wanneroo Primary School is one of 200 primary schools selected to have existing classrooms converted into science laboratories to give students hands-on, high-quality science lessons.
The McGowan Government’s $17 million election commitment includes $12 million to transform existing primary school classrooms into science laboratories by 2021, with an additional $5 million for resources.
The $46,775 science lab includes a covered paved area, and outdoor stainless steel tables and benches with sinks. It sits alongside Wanneroo Primary School’s current indoor science lab.
The outdoor lab will be the heart of the school’s sustainability centre which is currently being set up as part of the science program and will include recycling, worm farms and a garden.
In addition, the school received $25,000 to purchase laboratory equipment and resources including digital microscopes, solar kits, precision scales, aquariums, terrariums, compost tumblers, recycling materials and fruit trees to create an orchard.
Wanneroo Primary School has almost 500 students in Kindergarten to Year 6.
As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:
“We’re investing in science to ensure Western Australian children are learning in modern environments and have the skills for the jobs of the future.
“Having access to laboratories in primary school encourages an interest in science from a young age, and provides a high-quality environment to learn hands-on skills.”
As stated by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
“We know how important it is for today’s students to understand the concepts taught in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for their future job prospects.
“Having a dedicated outdoor science lab will really inspire students and help them have a stronger grasp of these academic concepts as they grow their garden and worm farm, examine soils and conduct a number of exciting experiments.”
As stated by Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton:
“This science lab ensures our teachers have the best facilities to teach STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
“A love of science starts in primary school and I am proud to deliver on my commitment to build this fantastic outdoor science lab.
“As a primary school teacher of 27 years I know how important it is that we have modern facilities and classrooms for our teachers and students.”
Premier’s office – 6552 5000
Education and Training Minister’s office – 6552 5700