School un­veils im­pres­sive new up­grade

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

AL­MOST two years to the day since ar­son­ists set fire to Biloela State High School, the com­mu­nity got the first look at the state-of-the-art re­place­ment.

In Oc­to­ber 2016, a blaze de­lib­er­ately lit by two ju­ve­niles de­stroyed the two-storey C Block, which housed the school’s gym, sci­ence labs, three class­rooms and staff of­fices.

Mem­ber for Glad­stone Glenn Butcher was thrilled to of­fi­cially open the $3.35 mil­lion up­grade to his for­mer school at a cer­e­mony on Satur­day.

Biloela un­veiled its mod­ern sci­ence lab­o­ra­to­ries, gym­na­sium and re­fur­bished hospi­tal­ity kitchen and trade work­shop at an open day.

The new P Block will ac­com­mo­date up to 16 teach­ers, three heads of depart­ment and a soon-to-be-com­pleted out­door learn­ing space.

Dig­ni­taries, staff, stu­dents and par­ents turned out to tour the new fa­cil­i­ties.

Mr Butcher praised the tight-knit com­mu­nity’s re­silience and said he was de­lighted to open the new build­ing.

“We’re here to­day to cel­e­brate this new build­ing and the bright fu­ture of all stu­dents at Biloela State High School,” he told the crowd.

“You have pulled to­gether mar­vel­lously and em­braced this project.

“There’s noth­ing like mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties to help stu­dents achieve their goals and am­bi­tions.”

PHOTO: MACKEN­ZIE COLAHAN

CUT­TING EDGE: Glad­stone MP Glenn Butcher and Biloela SHS prin­ci­pal Heather Mur­ray ad­mire the new sci­ence lab­o­ra­to­ries.

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