Build up to school year

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - KIRSTIN PAYNE

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

Pic­ture: STEVE HOL­LAND

St Vin­cents’ School build­ing be­ing de­mol­ished ahead of new class­rooms be­ing con­structed.

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