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Can­non­vale State School se­cures $6 mil­lion early learn­ing cen­tre

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Rory Sheav­ils

“THE right word is priv­i­leged.”

That’s how Can­non­vale State School prin­ci­pal Angie Kelly feels about the school’s new ju­nior learn­ing precinct.

“I’d al­most have to say words can’t de­scribe it be­cause I know that across the state many schools would be be­side them­selves to get this hap­pen­ing for them,” she said.

With work hav­ing be­gun on the $6 mil­lion project on Fri­day morn­ing, a three-year jour­ney is com­ing to fruition.

Ms Kelly said it all be­gan when she re­alised the school was grow­ing at a rapid rate.

“On my very first day I con­tacted the regional of­fice and gave them my assess­ment.

“I asked them if they could pop down and do an au­dit on the ca­pac­ity of our school.

“The other think­ing I had was that I re­ally hadn’t seen for a very long time a model where a Prep fa­cil­ity was sep­a­rate from the school.”

Af­ter a lengthy process of au­dit­ing, con­sul­ta­tion, draft­ing and ap­provals, the precinct is now on track to be fin­ished by the end of the year and opened in 2017.

Education Min­is­ter Kate Jones said the two-storey com­plex, paid for by the Palaszczuk Govern­ment, would be a wel­come ad­di­tion to the fast grow­ing school, which had en­rolled more than 680 stu­dents in Prep to Year 6 this year.

“The new build­ing de­sign has been de­vel­oped in con­sul­ta­tion with the school and the Par­ents and Cit­i­zens’ As­so­ci­a­tion to en­sure the best ed­u­ca­tional out­comes and value for money,” she said.

Ms Kelly mean­while de­scribed the build­ing as “the be­gin­ning of the jour­ney of fu­ture proof­ing our school”.

“We’re putting to­gether a phys­i­cal fa­cil­ity that’s go­ing to en­hance learn­ing; not just now, but into the fu­ture,” she said.

“Cur­rently we are at ca­pac­ity and we’re still en­rolling.”

School cap­tains Vel­vet and Jonathan Heat­ley said they were ex­cited about the project.

“More kids around Can­non­vale can get ed­u­cated at this school,” Jonathan said.

“(And) more peo­ple are com­ing into Can­non­vale,” Vel­vet added.

Photo: Sharon Small­wood

BIG THINGS GROW: This whole school photo speaks vol­umes about the ex­cite­ment at Can­non­vale over the new $6 mil­lion learn­ing cen­tre, to be de­liv­ered this year.

IN PROGRESS: Can­non­vale State School prin­ci­pal Angie Kelly at the pri­mary school where build­ing is well un­der way.

DE­SIGN: Draw­ings of the new early learn­ing cen­tre at Can­non­vale State School.

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