KARRATHA SENIOR HIGH
SCHOOL — STUDENT POPULATION
974. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the Minister for Education and
I refer to Karratha Senior High
(1) How many students was Karratha
Senior High School originally built to accommodate?
(2) How many students are currently
in attendance at Karratha Senior High School?
(3) What are the forecast numbers
to attend the school in 2020 and 2021?
(4) Given the ''mini
boom'' expected in the Pilbara, what plans, if any, does the government
have to accommodate expected student population growth in Pilbara schools?
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
(1) Karratha Senior High School was
built to accommodate 957 students.
(2) There are 1 218 students as at
4 September 2019.
(3) The number of students forecast
for 2020 is 1 231 and for 2021, 1 299.
Department of Education monitors student population growth in all its schools,
including those in the Pilbara, and plans appropriate responses. The department
uses transportable classrooms to accommodate short-term growth. There are
currently 18 transportable classrooms at the school, including two that are
utilised for the Clontarf program. Responses to long-term sustained growth are
subject to planning and budget processes. In the case of Karratha Senior High
School, the department is currently working with the school and local community
to determine an appropriate solution in response to its student population
growth. In fact, departmental officers are meeting in Karratha today, 5
September, with school and community
representatives as part of the planning process for public education in