Queensland Minister for Education Grace Grace
Two Gold Coast Schools Benefit From New Facilities
Victor P Taffa
Education Minister Grace Grace has congratulated Southport Special School and Pacific Pines State High School on the official opening of new and refurbished centres.
Minister Grace today inspected the new $10.37 Million two-storey Learning Centre at Southport and the refurbished Resource Centre at Pacific Pines.
Minister Grace said Southport’s Learning Centre was an exciting development for the growing school.
“State-of-the-art building has created a warm and welcoming environment which is not only perfect for student learning, but great for teaching staff too.” Minister Grace said.
Southport Special School
New building includes:
- 18 classrooms,
- Computer lab,
- Home economics kitchen,
- Music and drama room,
- New amenities,
- Sensory room,
- Staff room plus staff offices and meeting spaces.
“It features noise reduction built into the hallways and lifts big enough to fit an entire class, including students in wheelchairs, which is a great asset.”
Southport Special School Principal Susan Christensen said the school community was enjoying the benefits of the additional space.
“Our students and staff are all very excited about this state-of-the-art facility that includes a wonderful covered sport and play area.” Principal Christensen said.
“This new block is an essential development, now that our school has grown into one of the largest special schools in Queensland.”
“Building has many specialist areas including a sensory room plus a music room which provides our school with greater capacity than ever before.”
Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon also inspected the upgraded Resource Centre at Pacific Pines with Minister Grace.
Pacific Pines State High School
New facility with the $880,000 refurbishment includes:
- Acoustic treatment,
- Floor finishes,
- Lights and fans,
- New resource centre coordinator station,
- Reconfiguration of existing power and data,
- Wall linings.
“Facility will allow students to work together in different size groups, while the revamped auditorium will enable university-style lectures to take place.” Ms. Scanlon said.
Minister Grace said the Palaszczuk Government is committed to investing in Queensland schools.
“It’s vital that all of our Queensland state schools are provided with quality infrastructure and resources, so students have the opportunity to excel.” Minister Grace said.