New class­room to sup­port school’s growth

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Chris­tian Col­lege opened the doors of a new prep class­room on Mon­day to ac­com­mo­date in­creas­ing stu­dent en­rol­ments.

Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege prin­ci­pal Nathan McDon­ald said the new class­room would en­able the school to ex­pand to have three prep classes next year.

“The build­ing fea­tures the lat­est state of the art tech­nol­ogy with the in­clu­sion of an in­ter­ac­tive smart board and the class­room is de­signed as a bright, colour­ful space to pro­mote learn­ing,” he said.

“There is also a new with­drawal area where stu­dents have ac­cess to seven com­put­ers to com­plete ex­tra work and they can make the most of in­creased one-on-one learn­ing sup­port in­di­vid­u­ally or in small groups.”

Mr McDon­ald said fund­ing for the $447,000 de­vel­op­ment was pro­vided by the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ment with ad­di­tional funds raised by the school.

He said there were fu­ture plans to con­struct a mu­sic room above the prep class­room in 2014.

“We would also like to build new pri­mary classrooms to keep up with ex­pected growth in our pri­mary school and a staff com­mon room,” Mr McDon­ald said.

“We have ap­plied for fund­ing for th­ese projects through the Block Grant Au­thor­ity (BGA) and will be re­ceiv­ing a re­sponse in De­cem­ber this year.”

Mr McDon­ald said should fund­ing be ap­proved all projects would go ahead next year.

PROJECT COM­PLETE: Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege stu­dents Ericah Grossi, Joshua Play­ford, Lily Ribal­done, Nile Thomas, Grace Arkin­stall, Ri­ley How­son and prep teacher An­gela Glee­son made use of the new prep class­room which opened its doors for the first time on Mon­day.

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