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Question Without Notice No. 656 asked in the Legislative Council on 23 June 2020 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon S.M. Ellery
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

SCHOOLS — KARRATHA

656. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the Minister for Education and Training:

I refer to schools in Karratha.

(1) What is the number of demountable buildings at each public school in Karratha?

(2) What is the current number of students in years 5 and 6 at each public primary school and years 7 to 12 at Karratha Senior High School? Please break these down by school and by year group.

(3) Does the Department of Education expect cohort sizes to increase or decrease over the next two calendar years; and, if so, by how many students?

(4) When schools have high numbers of demountable buildings, what provisions are taken to ensure that an appropriate number of bathroom facilities are available and easily accessible to all students?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(2) The number of transportable buildings and student enrolments as at semester 1, 2020 is in two tables. The first is of primary schools, which lists the years requested, and the number of transportable buildings, if any. The second is of secondary schools, listed by year, and the number of transportables.

I seek leave for those elements of the answer to be incorporated into Hansard.

Leave granted.

The following material was incorporated —

Primary School

Year 5

Year 6

No of Transportable Buildings

Baynton West Primary School

99

79

18

Karratha Primary School

32

45

 

Millars Well Primary School

40

40

1

Pegs Creek Primary School

24

33

 

Tambrey Primary School

64

56

10

 

Secondary School

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

No of Transportable Buildings

Karratha Senior School

260

237

232

208

151

126

21

 

(3) Based on the 2020 student enrolment projections, the total student numbers are projected to change as follows. Baynton West Primary School will increase by 69 students; Karratha Primary School will decrease by nine students; Millars Well Primary School will increase by 12 students; Pegs Creek Primary School will decrease by nine students; Tambrey Primary School will increase by 51 students; and Karratha Senior High School will increase by 139 students. Even with the projected additional enrolments, none of the primary schools will exceed their current capacity.

(4) The Department of Education works with schools to determine the requirements for bathrooms and toilets based on staff and student numbers and student needs.