School gets $13m investment
New sports and arts facilities for Glasshouse college
A RAPIDLY expanding Coast school is catching up with its infrastructure needs by spending $13 million on new arts and sports facilities.
Glasshouse Christian College had 16 students when it opened in 2000.
That had grown to about 380 kids by the time current principal Mike Curtis took over in 2008.
About 1060 students now fill year levels Prep to 12 at the Beerwah school.
“During that growth phase it has basically been playing catch up,” Mr Curtis said. “Our dance facility; inside it is okay, but from the outside it is a tin shed.”
Sunshine Coast Council has approved plans for new $11 million performing arts centre and $2 million sports centre at the school.
The performing arts centre will be built in stages, with the first part dedicated to new music and band rehearsal rooms as well as practice rooms and a recording studio.
“We believe, with music, there are benefits right across the school,” Mr Curtis said. “The same with physical education.”
Music lessons instilled discipline at a young age and patience for students who wanted to become good at it.
The second stage of the centre would house drama, hospitality and dance studio facilities. Stage three will be a 600-seat auditorium.
Mr Curtis said the sports centre would consist of two undercover netball or basketball courts as well as a gym.
“It will be fully enclosed eventually,” he said.
Construction would start on both early next year, with the first stage of the sports centre expected to be done about the middle of the year.
Stage one of the performing arts centre was expected to be completed by the end of next year. Stages two and three were expected to be completed at the end of 2019 and 2020 respectively.
Mr Curtis said he was getting positive feedback from families.
He said growth of the Beerwah area in general was obvious and impacting on his school.
GREEN LIGHT: An artist’s impression of the new performing arts centre.