Esperance Schools in first round of WA science classroom funding

Esperance Primary School students Oliver Franklyn, Archie Stockdale and Jethro Davison, at last year's science fair.
Esperance Primary School students Oliver Franklyn, Archie Stockdale and Jethro Davison, at last year's science fair.

Two local schools are set to receive their share of $17 million from the state government to convert existing classrooms into dedicated science area.

Esperance Primary School and Nulsen primary School were listed in the first round and each school will receive a dedicated $25,000 for each school to purchase lab equipment and resources.

A further 100 schools will be selected for second round of the program, with all 200 sharing from the pool of $12 million.

Esperance Primary School principal Gareth Palmer said the school currently had a multipurpose art and science room which they would focus on upgrading.

“We thought this could be really good launch pad to actually create a multi-purpose room that allows students to go in with teachers to practice their skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths),” he said.

Mr Palmer said the school was considering an enclosed area at the back of the art room, potentially making it an outdoor classroom.

“[It would] allow that freedom of various subject areas to be taught… in a range of ways, so really being clever about the way we use that space,” he said.

“It’s really about making sure that we’ve got our eyes on the prize when it comes to the 21st century skills that our kids need to have.

“We’re very much around thinking about career development and skills that students need to ensure that they’re competitive in the world.”

Mr Palmer said he hoped to have this learning space in creation by the end of term one next year but the first step was discussing possibilities with the education department.