St Luke’s arts cen­tre work starts

Pilbara News - - Education -

Con­struc­tion of the $4.8 mil­lion upgrade to the St Luke’s Col­lege per­form­ing arts cen­tre has started, with the school hold­ing a sod­turn­ing cer­e­mony last week.

The ex­ten­sion will en­able an ex­pan­sion of the arts cur­ricu­lum of­fered at the sec­ondary school as well as pro­vide a space for com­mu­nity events and theatre pro­duc­tions.

Once com­plete, the cen­tre will boast new dress­ing rooms, a re­hearsal space, dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy lab and as­tron­omy cen­tre, plus a much-needed fire wa­ter ser­vice sys­tem upgrade.

St Luke’s Col­lege prin­ci­pal Alanna Ot­way said the pro­ject was ex­cit­ing for the school and the wider Kar­ratha com­mu­nity.

“The per­form­ing arts cen­tre of­fers a new range of fa­cil­i­ties not pre­vi­ously avail­able and we are re­ally pleased to see it un­der way,” she said.

“With pro­ject com­ple­tion due mid-year, we are fo­cus­ing on the con­tin­ued ex­pan­sion of our arts, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy cur­ricu­lums.

“Fa­cil­i­ties such as th­ese in our re­gion mean that we can be con­fi­dent in of­fer­ing ed­u­ca­tional out­comes which are com­pa­ra­ble to Perth schools.”

Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry Hill said the new cen­tre would im­prove ca­reer and study op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents.

“Qual­ity education is a core com­po­nent of de­vel­op­ing live­able cities and is a key fo­cus of the Pil­bara Re­gional In­vest­ment Blue­print,” he said.

“Of­fer­ing di­ver­sity and choice in a state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity will en- courage stu­dents and their fam­i­lies to stay in the re­gion to com­plete their stud­ies.”

The con­struc­tion ten­der was awarded to Ger­ald­ton Build­ing Ser­vices and Cab­i­nets, with con­struc­tion sched­uled for com­ple­tion at the end of June.

The upgrade is funded by the Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion through the Roy­al­ties for Re­gions Pil­bara Cities pro­gram.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

PDC act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry Hill and St Luke’s Col­lege prin­ci­pal Alanna Ot­way.

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