Caboolture, Bribie Island and North Lakes to get new additional classrooms

Another $250 million will be spent over the next two years to build more space in nearly 60 Queensland state high schools by 2020, when there will be full cohorts in all six years of secondary schooling for the first time.

The high school population, which usually grows by about 1,000 a year, will suddenly jump by about 17,000 in 2020, after the graduation next year of a "half cohort" which started school together when Prep became compulsory in 2007.

Fifty-seven schools have been identified as most urgently needing more capacity to cater for the full classes, which every school will experience across Years 7 to 12.

The $250 million building boost in Tuesday's state budget is on top of $20 million already spent on 10 schools to get them "2020 ready".

Ferny Grove State High School in Brisbane's north-west will get the biggest share with $18 million for a three-storey learning centre including 14 extra classrooms, a STEM learning area, and new science labs.

Treasurer Jackie Trad said the investment was about planning for the future.

"Getting our schools ready for 2020 means we need to make the investment in this year's budget to have the additional infrastructure and classrooms available for that full Year 7 cohort that will hit in 2020," Ms Trad said.

"These particular schools have been chosen because some of our infrastructure spend has already gone to enabling other schools to be ready, so this is about making sure that every school is ready for 2020.

Education Minister Grace Grace said 2020 would be a significant year in Queensland's education reforms, following the introduction of Prep in 2007 and the transfer of Year 7 into high school in 2015.

"This $250 million investment will ensure our schools can accommodate the additional 17,000 students expected in our high schools from 2020 and into the future," Ms Grace said.

"It brings the total funding commitment towards increasing the capacity of state secondary schools to more than $470 million from 2017-18 to 2019-20."

State high schools to get more money for classroom space
Albany Creek Alexandra Hills Beenleigh
Bremer Bribie Island Brisbane
Caboolture Cairns Cavendish Road
Centenary Centenary Heights Chancellor
Cleveland Coolum Ferny Grove
Flagstone Forest Lake Glenala
Harristown Helensvale Highfields
Indooroopilly Ipswich James Nash
Kawana Waters Kedron Kelvin Grove
Laidley Lowood Mackay Northern Beaches
Mansfield Maroochydore Marsden
Meridan Mt Gravatt Mountain Creek
North Lakes Ormeau Woods Pacific Pines
Palm Beach-Currumbin Park Ridge Pimlico
Pimpama Proserpine Rochedale
Southport Springfield Central Stretton
Sunshine Beach Tambourine Mountain The Gap
Toolooa Trinity Bay Varsity College
Windaroo Valley Wynnum Yeppoon

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *