Record numbers of students attended WA public schools yesterday for the start of the 2013 school year.
More than 23,000 pre-primary students were expected to attend school across WA due to the State Government’s move to make it compulsory for all children.
About 4465 students from kindergarten to Year 12 attended school in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Coolgardie and Kambalda.
Education Minister Peter Collier said yesterday was a historic day for education in WA. Kalgoorlie Primary School principal Leonie Clelland said she strongly supported the introduction of compulsory pre-primary education.
“It’s fantastic – enrolment in pre-primary (at Kalgoorlie Primary) has always been high, but the move to make it compulsory validates the importance of it,” Ms Clelland said.
Ms Clelland said about 540 students were enrolled at Kalgoorlie Primary – about 30 more than the previous year and about 200 more than when she began at the school.