$53.9m pri­mary school opens

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS - EMMA DAVIES

“The school’s lay­out al­lows all stu­dents to come to­gether and en­joy a strong sense of com­mu­nity.”

TOWNSVILLE’S $53.9 mil­lion North Shore State School was one of four new Queens­land schools to welcome stu­dents in 2018.

Queens­land Ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Grace Grace said the school build would take place in two stages, with stage two sched­uled to be com­pleted for the start of the 2020 school year.

The school cam­pus in­cludes state-of-the-art class­rooms ar­ranged into clus­tered learn­ing spa­ces called ‘learn­ing vil­lages.’

At the open­ing of the new school, Ms Grace said the de­sign was a prime ex­am­ple of a mod­ern learn­ing fa­cil­ity.

“Class­rooms are ar­ranged around a cen­tral ‘town square’ to en­cour­age stu­dent learn­ing, in­ter­ac­tion, re­cre­ation and ac­cess by the wider school com­mu­nity – in­clud­ing the school’s spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion unit which is in­te­grated through­out the school,” she said.

“The school’s lay­out al­lows all stu­dents to come to­gether and en­joy a strong sense of com­mu­nity.”

Foun­da­tion Prin­ci­pal Patrick Mcdon­nell said it was amaz­ing to see how the new ap­proach to ar­chi­tec­ture had en­cour­aged teach­ers and stu­dents to ‘think out­side the box’ and broaden their out­look on what con­sti­tuted a learn­ing environment.

“Hav­ing self-con­tained learn­ing vil­lages with all fa­cil­i­ties in easy reach is fan­tas­tic and watch­ing the chil­dren learn and play in out­door learn­ing spa­ces, stage ar­eas and play­grounds is won­der­ful,” he said.

The school fea­tures an ad­min­is­tra­tion block, stu­dent sup­port ser­vices, a re­source cen­tre, can­teen, cov­ered cen­tral area with ameni­ties, 21 class­rooms, and multi-pur­pose sports courts but has also been built with sus­tain­abil­ity in mind, with max­imised nat­u­ral cross-flow ven­ti­la­tion and class­room light­ing.

The Palaszczuk Govern­ment has com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing 10 new world-class schools across the state as part of an in­vest­ment of $170 mil­lion into ed­u­ca­tion.

The new schools will cater for an in­crease of al­most 9500 stu­dents, or 1.7 per cent, from last year’s en­rol­ments in state schools, as well as pre­dicted fu­ture stu­dent pop­u­la­tion growth.

“We will build seven new sec­ondary schools, two new pri­mary schools and a spe­cial school and start plan­ning for an­other seven schools,” Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said.

“We com­mit­ted to re­new and re­fur­bish 17 high schools and recom­mit to the $750 mil­lion rolling fund to main­tain more than 25,000 build­ings across our State schools,” she said.

Ms Grace said 250 stu­dents had en­rolled at North Shore State School in Term 1 and ex­pected sim­i­lar en­rol­ments at the new schools lo­cated in other de­vel­op­ing ar­eas around Logan, the Sun­shine Coast and the Gold Coast.

250 stu­dents en­rolled at the new school in term 1.

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