THE sound of shovels striking dirt was music to the ears of Parkhurst State School’s principal Lyle Walker as he helped turn the first sod on a a new learning centre yesterday.

After months of hard work preparing the plans and the grounds for the construction, Mr Walker was joined by Assistant Education Minister Brittany Lauga to celebrate Paynters commencing construction on the new school block last week.

Mr Walker said the school community was excited about the new facilities.
“We’re delighted to have a new teaching block on the way that will offer flexible learning options in brand new, state-of-the-art classrooms,” Mr Walker said.

“This exciting addition to the school’s landscape will further instil a strong sense of optimism and community confidence, while meeting projected future enrolments.”

With the project forecast to be complete by May 2021, Ms Lauga hoped she would be back in time for a special Mother’s Day celebration to coincide with the opening of the new teaching block.

“This is an exciting milestone for the Parkhurst State School community, with construction to be finished in term 2, 2021,” Ms Lauga said.

“The new building will include six classrooms on the top floor, a staff collaboration space and an outdoor arts and science learning space.

“The ground floor will house a state-of-the-art music centre and a multipurpose learning space for STEAME (Science, Technology, the Arts, Mathematics and the Environment).”

Ms Lauga said that there was also room to provide four classrooms to accommodate future growth.