Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Carly Cullen [email protected]­

THE start of 2019 for Caloun­dra Chris­tian Col­lege will see a brand new build­ing and prin­ci­pal on the scene.

The build­ing is one of the first things you see upon ar­rival and can even be viewed from Nick­lin Way.

Mclel­lan Bush Ar­chi­tects’s Natalie Bush said the new in­fra­struc­ture is stage one of a four-stage master plan.

“It en­ables us to start what the col­lege is en­vi­sion­ing, to con­sol­i­date all the sin­gle story build­ings into two and three story learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments.

“By do­ing that we free up ex­ter­nal space,” she said.

The rest of the build­ings to be built will fea­ture a sim­i­lar aes­thetic.

Be­side the new struc­ture fea­tures a play­ground de­signed to con­nect stu­dents back to na­ture.

Greenedge De­sign di­rec­tor Greg Thomas said this was done through the use of ma­te­ri­als like tim­ber, stone and even wa­ter.

“There’s a green wall to be filled with plants and seats around to pro­vide space for kids to learn and play,” he said. The col­lege’s prin­ci­pal Vince Wake­field said the colours and tex­tures of the new build­ing are beached themed, cre­at­ing a sense of calm­ness.

“We wanted to make sure the build­ing wasn’t com­mer­cial, we love that it has a homely feel.

“If stu­dents are com­fort­able and re­laxed then they are ready to learn and can be ex­cited to learn.

“Kids per­son­al­i­ties are all dif­fer­ent. We can’t as­sume that all stu­dents learn in the same way. Our main motto is that ev­ery stu­dent is unique,” he said.

Both cur­rent and new stu­dents are ex­cited to be­gin the year with the school’s new changes.


IN WITH THE NEW: Open­ing of the Caloun­dra Chris­tian Col­lege's new pri­mary school build­ing. Re­tir­ing school prin­ci­ple Mark Hodges (cen­tre right) and new prin­ci­ple Vince Wake­field (cen­tre left) with stu­dents (LtoR) Caitlin Stolz, An­drew Simp­son, Corey Simp­son, Emma Simp­son, Abbey Stolz and Bai­ley Stub­bings.

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