School trade block offsets TAFE loss
AFTER five long years in the pipeline the Warwick High School Trade Centre is finally complete.
The $3 million facility on the corner of Victoria and Guy Sts should go some way towards filling the educational void left by the Tafe's semi-migration to Toowoomba.
Warwick State High School deputy principal Janelle Robb said the school had an understanding with the Tafe not to double up on courses already offered.
"Plans for the facility are to work with the Tafe, not against it; I would say it's complementary," Ms Robb said.
The legacy of a Federal Government grant, the centre will be open to students throughout the district from Allora, Killarney and Clifton high schools.
"It's also a great way to introduce schools that only go to Year 10 into the high school," Ms Robb said.
The centre includes two buildings and multiple workshops, each equipped to accommodate at least 15 children at a time.
After community consultation in its development stages the centre is intended to focus on small motors, agri-business and engineering.
Initially it would offer three courses, although there was room to expand in the future, Ms Robb said.
"These subjects tie in well with the agri-business side of things. Tafe doesn't have a lab like we do. What we are offering here is distinctly different," she said.
"Ultimately we want to open this facility to the community in future."
An official opening of the facility is yet to be announced, but classes will begin in the centre as of next term.
While one building is completed, work on another continues on the busy campus.
Wooden poles next to the Great Hall will soon be driven into the ground for the first footings of the multi-level Year 7 centre.
Equipped with the 16 teaching spaces and a staff centre, the new building is intended to accommodate the new addition to Warwick High School's enrolment.
"The opening is the end of one journey, but the start of another for Warwick High," Ms Robb said.