Design gurus chosen for KSHS revamp

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Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel and Karratha Senior High School Principal Mario Tufilli.
Camera IconPilbara MLA Kevin Michel and Karratha Senior High School Principal Mario Tufilli.

The head architects have been chosen to design the $22 million upgrade of the only public high school in Karratha.

Perth-based company Iredale Pedersen Hook has been selected by the State Government to design the new learning facilities at Karratha Senior High School.

The project will include a new specialist technologies building with nine teaching spaces including engineering; science,technology, engineering and maths’ digital design and information technologies.

There will also be a new student services area and the food technologies studio will be the refurbished as a Certificate II kitchen.

The works are part of the State Government’s WA Recovery Plan and are expected to create more than 79 jobs.

The recovery plan was announced in August, with $67m in funds allocated to schools in the Pilbara.

Roebourne District High School received $42m to redevelop the facility, which will include a social and culturally led learning environment for Roebourne students from pre-school to secondary school, with specific programs to engage Aboriginal children.

Wickham Primary School has been awarded $3.5m to construct four purpose-built early childhood classrooms including teaching spaces, kitchens and storerooms.

Karratha Senior High School principal Mario Tufilli told the Pilbara News in August the upgrades were needed because of increasing enrolments.

“We are continuing to grow as a school, so getting the additional funding to put new facilities on our school site is going to be a positive for the students and the community,” he said.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said the project would provide students with excellent facilities and learning opportunities.

Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel said expanding and upgrading local schools was vital for the education of local students and for creating local jobs.

Construction of the project is expected to start this December.

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