Wheatvale State School principal Peter Cuskelly eagerly awaits the next project to extend the library.
Wheatvale State School principal Peter Cuskelly eagerly awaits the next project to extend the library.

Big windfall for our schools

THERE is still plenty of action yet to take place in the yards of Southern Downs schools as several projects are still being designed.

Wheatvale State School principal Peter Cuskelly met with the Daily News this week to talk about the Building the Education Revolution (BER) and the facilities in the pipeline.

BER includes the National School Pride Program (NSP), Primary Schools for the 21st Century and Science and Language Centres for 21st century Secondary Schools.

Wheatvale State School received $925,000, which included NSP projects for covered walkways and a new front entrance; renewal of learning areas to accommodate a new digital curriculum and waterproof children’s port racks and new awnings.

A new multi-purpose covered area and improvements to the

library will be a part of the P21 projects, which Mr Cuskelly said were important new facilities for the school.

“Just having this opportunity is something that is going to take the kids a long way...we want to make the most of it for our school,” Mr Cuskelly said.

The Warwick Christian College community was excited to access new infrastructure as it received $250,000 for a library and $50,000 for a new undercover area.

Teacher-in-charge Moira Coates said the students recently braved an overcast day to help move into their new library, which was completed last week.

“It is fantastic,” Mrs Coates said.

“We wouldn’t have been able to do something like this in a long time. It was very unexpected and a very good thing to happen.”

A Department of Education, Training and the Arts spokesman said the BER program facilities assisted schools on the Southern Downs to deliver modern and innovative education practices.

The new and refurbished resource centres will provide an environment where students can work and learn collaboratively.

The multi-purpose hall and covered outdoor learning areas support the Queensland Government’s emphasis on physical activity as well as the creative and performing arts.

The facilities will also meet the needs of the local community as they will be available to community organisations for use and hire.

Revamped

Schools in the Warwick area have received the following:

Primary Schools for the 21st Century

Allora SS: $750k library, $1.25m multi-purpose (MP) hall

Freestone SS: $250k library

Glennie Heights: $2m hall

Killarney SS: $850k library

Leyburn SS: $250k library

Maryvale SS: $250k library

Murray’s Bridge SS: $250k resource centre

Tannymorel SS: $250k resource centre

Warwick Central SS: $907,398 hall, $1,092,603 centre

Wck East SS: $750k resource centre, $1.75m hall

Wck West SS: $999,624 resource centre, $2,000,376 hall

Wheatvale SS: $250k library, $600k hall

Yangan SS: $250k resource centre, $600k hall

St Mary’s: $2,099,957 learning areas, $900,043 library

St Patrick’s Allora: $654k covered areas, $196k MP space

SOTE: $850k hall

Scots PGC College: $1,155,000 library, $845k MP area

Warwick Christian College: $250k library

Science and Language Centres for the 21st Century Secondary Schools

Warwick State High School: $1,970,000

Assumption College: $298,737

National Schools Pride new facilities

Assumption College: $125,000

Freestone SS: $50,000

Maryvale SS: $50000

Murray’s Bridge SS: $50,000

Tannymorel SS: $41,000

St Mary’s: $200,000

SOTE: $75,000

Scots PGC College: $200,000

Warwick Christian College: $50,000

Warwick Central SS: $125,000

Warwick East SS: $200,000

Warwick West SS: $200,000

Warwick State High School: $200,000

Wheatvale SS: $75,000

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