Pupils to face building frenzy
MANY Bundaberg students will walk into construction sites when they go back to school next week, thanks to multimillion-dollar federal government grants.
The building projects were started during the Christmas break with funding from the government’s Building the Education Revolution program.
St John’s Lutheran Primary School principal Janelle Turner said the $2 million construction of a library extension and a multipurpose hall was on track.
“Obviously the wet weather was lovely, but that held us back. The next week we were able to catch up and we are fairly well on track,” she said.
Mrs Turner said at this stage the buildings would be ready to move into by second term, and the school was taking steps to ensure classes were not interrupted.
“The building site is between the upper and lower schools and the children have had talks on how to correctly use the walkway between the sites,” she said.
Mrs Turner said the current library was restricted to one classroom and the new buildings would ensure students would no longer be cramped.
There would be more room to display the books.
St Luke’s Anglican School marketing director Craig Corpe said there was “loads” of construction taking place at the school.
Thanks to various government grants, at the end of construction the school will have a $2.5 million performing arts building, $1.5 million science classrooms and a $2.5 million, 0.25-acre library which will include a 160-seat lecture theatre, four classrooms and computer facilities.
“It’s one big disruption at once and we’re pretty happy to have the disruption for a few months to end up with the better facilities,” he said.
Mr Corpe said there were also a number of other smaller works taking place at the school, including a new kindergarten facility.
At Bundaberg Christian College, building works are taking place on a multipurpose hall, an early learning centre and extensions to the front foyer.
Bundaberg East State School and Bundaberg Special School will also remain building sites until mid May.
“As a safety requirement, construction areas on all school sites are fenced to ensure that students are unable to access these areas. However, all other school facilities are fully accessible to students and staff and there will be no interruptions to learning or teaching,” Department of Education and Training acting director general Alan Wagner said.
The science rooms at Kepnock State High School are undergoing a facelift, with works finished on two of the classrooms and the final room expected to be completed on February 5.
“These works include the replacement of central benches with new benches around the edge of the classrooms, relocating and installing plumbing and gas and resurfacing floors suitable for a science laboratory,” Mr Wagner said.
Construction of new facilities at Walkervale State School finished on January 7 and building was completed at Thabeban State School on January 14.
The Diocesan Catholic Education Office Rockhampton was unable to provide a list of works taking place at Bundaberg’s Catholic schools yesterday.Under construction:
- Bundaberg Christian College
- Bundaberg East State School
- Bundaberg Special School
- St John’s Lutheran Primary School
St Luke’s Anglican School