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

Picture: (From left) Parkhurst State School principal Lyle Walker, Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga, P&C President Marika Taylor, Paynters Project Manager Craig Hornagold, Paynters Site Manager Adam Wehlow.

A brand new $8.57 million teaching block is set to open soon in a Rockhampton school, nested in one of the city’s growth areas. The new building at Parkhurst State School will include six classrooms on the top floor, a staff collaboration space and an outdoor arts and science learning space.

The ground floor will have a new music centre as well as a multipurpose STEM and environment learning space.

The future-proof building will be able to provide four new classrooms in the future if needed.

Paynters Pty Ltd won the contact on August 7, 2020 and construction began on September 9.

Member for Keppel and Assistant Education Minister Brittany Lauga recently toured the nearly completed facility and said the two-storey building would provide more space for the growing school.

“This new building will be a game-changer for Parkhurst State School,” Ms Lauga said.

“Importantly, too, construction of this new building has supported 26 local jobs.

“I thank Site Manager Adam Wehlow for his diligence and passion to the task to provide this facility on time.”

Parkhurst State School principal Lyle Walker said the school community was excited about the new facilities.

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

Parkhurst State School has had a very successful period of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the school’s dedicated YouTube channel and radio station coming to the fore to host the school’s learning programs.

The school has over 300 iPads, with six 1:1 iPad classrooms.

Parkhurst State School is one of the first schools in the region to teach ukulele and to have a recording studio to support the Instrumental Music Program that provides opportunities for students to compose their own music for multimedia creations.

Reference: https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/rockhampton/new-857-million-school-building-to-open-soon/news-story/af51d7f792cbd2d0e5164e8073663aec