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.
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
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