Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Education Matters

South Fremantle SHS to become a leader in science education

Labor Statement

WA Labor will invest $3million to make South Fremantle Senior High School one of the State's leading education centres for science.

Mr McGowan said as part of this plan WA Labor would establish a selective Gifted and Talented (GATE) program at South Fremantle Senior High School, spend $2 million upgrading its science facilities and establish the State's first Future Science Centre.

"South Fremantle is a key part of WA Labor's plan to develop the science and technology industries, to diversify our economy and create jobs for the future," Mr McGowan said.

"By creating a new selective Gifted and Talented science program at South Fremantle, we can increase the number of high school students studying high-level science."

Mr McGowan said WA Labor will also invest $1million to trial Western Australia's first Future Science Centre at South Fremantle Senior High School, if elected.

"Future Science Centres will be science education hubs, linking university researchers and pre-service teachers with primary schools," he said.

"The aim of these centres is to boost science education for primary school students and also train more primary school teachers in science teaching.

"The centre at South Fremantle Senior High School will deliver science programs for primary students in the south metropolitan education district.

"It will have two dedicated science teachers and consist of two classrooms, separated by a teacher observation room in the middle, which will be used for training science teachers.

"WA Labor will look to engage a university partner in this joint project, modelled on the successful Roseworth Primary School partnership with Edith Cowan University.

"If this trial is successful, WA Labor would like to roll this model out to every educational region.

Mr McGowan said the first Future Science Centre will be built during 2013/14 and be ready for students during 2014/15.

"WA Labor has better priorities for a better future."

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