Education Minister Liz Constable has visited the Como Secondary College with South Perth MLA John McGrath to assess the school’s request that it become a K-12 centre of excellence.
The Minister and Mr McGrath had discussions with school principal Digby Mercer, P @ C president Jeanette Pryor and Cannington education district director Eirlys Ingram.
She also inspected the site for the proposed relocation of the Curtin Primary School if the K-12 project goes ahead.
“The Minister has now seen first-hand what the school and the school community would like to achieve at the Como Secondary College,” Mr McGrath said.
“The vision is that the college become a centre of excellence in maths and science now that it has a direct link to Curtin University. I think this is a wonderful opportunity to include a primary school component. However, we are at the very early stages of this project.”
Mr McGrath said while the Minister had made no commitment on the relocation of Curtin Primary onto the Como Secondary college site, she had asked her department to provide an update and future projections for the primary school cluster within close proximity to the site.
At one stage there was a suggestion that the nearby Collier Primary School should also be part of the relocation but the Department decided against it.
“I think the department sees an ongoing role for Collier as more young families move into that area,” he said.
Mr McGrath said the Curtin Primary School community had been very supportive of moving onto the Como Secondary College site but he did not think the same support would be forthcoming from parents at Collier primary.
Mr McGrath said the Minister had also been made aware of ongoing maintenance problems at the 40-year-old Como Secondary College, primarily leaking roofs in some classrooms.