School gets $13m in­vest­ment

New sports and arts fa­cil­i­ties for Glasshouse col­lege

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - STU­ART CUM­MING stu­art.cum­ming@sc­

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.

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