Build up to school year
AS Gold Coast students prepare for their return to school, a number of the city’s most elite schools are taking advantage of the empty ground to kick off major updates.
St Vincent’s Primary School, A.B. Paterson College and Lutheran Ormeau Rivers District School (LORDS) have all doubled as building sites over the break.
St Vincent’s Primary School at Clear Island Waters this week demolished a two storey classroom over the weekend to begin work on the ‘New Block 4’ classrooms.
Though details on the completion dates are limited, the new building is set to have eight modern classrooms, two staffrooms, a huge covered veranda and undercover play area.
St Vincent’s Primary School and Brisbane Catholic Education were unavailable for further comment.
AB Paterson College is also close to completing works on a the $13 million Winton Centre.
The multi-level facility will be equipped with high tech additions including a number of interactive screens along the walls of the entrance and a new interactive learning area.
The Winton Centre will have a brand new 160 seat lecture theatre, with acoustic panel and electrical fold back seating.
The ground floor of the complex will also serve as a rainforest themed play space, early childhood centre and a space for after hours care.
In an update on the development, principal Brian Grimes said the after hours care will be of great benefit to parents.
“They have art facilities and spaces where the students can do collaborative work,” Mr Grimes said.
“So hopefully by the time the get home to parents they have some for that homework already.”
The upper levels will feature a Year 4-6 library, academic research space, and atrium viewing deck.
Parents sick of the pick-up time gridlock at LORDS will be pleased to see a new car park on their return.
The wide and sweeping outdoor carpark at the Ormeau school is expected to be completed early in the new school year.
Aquinas College students at Ashmore can also expect to see a few updated classrooms when they come back from holidays.
A number of repairs had been planned for the school following major storm damage in November.
THEY HAVE ART FACILITIES AND SPACES WHERE THE STUDENTS CAN DO COLLABORATIVE WORK
PRINCIPAL BRIAN GRIMES
St Vincents’ School building being demolished ahead of new classrooms being constructed.