Wangetti school reopens
THE Wangetti campus of Djarragun College has reopened its doors with a new director and facilities to inject life back into the once-troubled school.
The campus has been closed for six months after the school was allegedly paid $3 million by the Federal Government for students who were not enrolled.
Wangetti’s head of campus Mark Shrimpton said the school is aiming for a fresh start with the help of Cape York Partnerships which took over the school.
“With the Cape York Partnership under the leadership of Noel Pearson, we have a fresh start,” he said.
“We’re now an indigenous school with indigenous leadership and ownership and substantial backing.
“Our students now have the capacity to forge links and build a pathway into industry with companies involved in the Queensland resources boom and pathways to future employment.”
School starts for students tomorrow and they will be able to utilise the new training facilities, landscaped gardens and a 22m pool funded by the Queensland Department of Sports and Recreation.
The new facilities include a trade training centre with an upgraded construction and automotive workshop and the hospitality area has been extended with an industrial training kitchen with cool-rooms, toilet/ changing facilities, chef’s office and a training room.
Students under supervision also help service school vehicles, strip and rebuild engines, make tables and chairs, strip floors, lay concrete and complete landscaping at the campus.
“I’m very optimistic about the future,” Mr Shrimpton said.