New Science Lab coming to East Hamilton Hill Primary School
East Hamilton Hill Primary School will be among the first 100 schools to receive funding to convert classrooms into science labs and purchase equipment, as part of the McGowan Labor Government’s $17 million commitment to science in schools.
Primary schools across Western Australia – from the Kimberley to the Great Southern – put up their hands for this funding program. Schools were selected based on their plans to grow and improve science education at their schools to skill students for the jobs of the future.
Half of the allocated schools are from low socio-economic areas where students are often disadvantaged by not having access to science facilities.
“It is vital for today’s students to understand the concepts taught in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for their future job prospects,” said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery.
“We want to ignite an interest in science in WA children from a young age so they continue with that study in secondary school and are job-ready when they start to enter the workforce in the late 2020s or early 2030s.
“Even those students who don’t become science practitioners will benefit from the generic skills science subjects teach them – teamwork, problem solving, creativity, independent thinking, critical analysis, initiative and communication.
State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk said this news was a great start to the school year for those in the Fremantle community.
“Delivering this $17 million election commitment means students across the State will be able to learn in state of the art laboratories, encouraging a focus on STEM that can only bring good things for the future.
“I’m pleased that East Hamilton Hill Primary School was selected as one of the first 100 schools to receive this funding, and I look forward to seeing the labs once they are completed.”