Construction Starts On Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School Learning Centre

Construction Starts On Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School Learning Centre

Queensland Minister for Education Grace Grace

Gold Coast High School’s 2020 Ready Project Gains Momentum

Victor P Taffa

A contract has been awarded and construction has begun on a $12.43 Million multi-storey learning centre at Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School.

Minister for Education Grace Grace said contractor Broad Construction Services had already started work on the 3-level, 2020 Ready facility, which is forecast to be completed in August 2019.

“This is a really exciting project for Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School with the doors to the centre to open for the start of the 2020 school year.” Minister Grace said.

“It’s great news for the local economy, with construction supporting up to 36 jobs.”

Level 1 of the centre will include:

  • Design and audio-visual studios,
  • Head of Department offices,
  • Library,
  • Project room and conference room,
  • Staff work area complete with kitchenette.

Upper level includes:

  • 6 General learning areas,
  • 3 Group learning spaces,
  • Kitchen,
  • Storeroom and amenities.

“Importantly, the under-croft will be fitted with amenities and will be future-proofed for a further 8 general learning areas when they are needed down the track.”

Minister Grace said the Palaszczuk Government’s 2020 Ready initiative was supporting more than 60 high schools across the state.

“2020 Ready program is delivering additional classrooms we need to manage the increased student population in our high schools that resulted from the introduction of Prep in 2007.” Minister Grace said.

“With the original half-cohort of Prep students set to graduate from high school at the end of 2019, we will have for the very first time in 2020, 6 full year levels of students in Queensland secondary schools.

“I’d also like to thank the Palm Beach-Currumbin P&C Association for their generous contribution of $996,000 for extra enhancements to the building.” Minister Grace said.

Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School Principal Christopher Capra said the new building would be an important asset to the school’s future.

“Centre will provide a variety of larger, and more flexible, learning and innovation centres to benefit all year levels.” Principal Capra said.

“Centre’s modern facilities and wireless connectivity will not only cater for our school’s predicted increase in enrolments, but also progress our curriculum into the digital age.”

Principal Capra said the new building would also benefit the wider school community, with some of the flexible learning spaces able to transform into a large function room.