The finishing touches are being made to the new Mango Hill State Secondary College ahead of the first day of school on Tuesday 28 January.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Education Minister Grace Grace, Murrumba MP Steven Miles and Bancroft MP Chris Whiting inspected the new $64 million school today, one of eight to open in Queensland in less than a week’s time.
The Premier said it was clear that Mango Hill State Secondary College was world-class.
“It’ll be a very exciting day next Tuesday, when 220 Year 7 and 8 students and 37 staff will walk through these gates for the first time,” the Premier said.
“The growing Mango Hill community has been calling for a new school to cater for growth, and I’m pleased to be able to stand here today and say we’ve delivered.
“My government is committed to investing in our children’s education and also delivering job-creating projects right across the state through our $1.3 billion Building Future Schools Fund.
“Not only are we catering for growth, but construction of this project supported 192 jobs including 65 apprentices and trainees.”
Local member Steven Miles said he was delighted to be a part of history.
“I can’t wait to be there on day one to see the foundation students walk through the gates and see these state-of-the-art facilities they’ll be learning in,” he said.
“It’s also an exciting day for the 14 teachers who’ll be onboard for day one.
“We promised this school at the election, the LNP opposed it, but now it’s built and ready for the class of 2020.
“I’m proud to have delivered this new school for our community.”
Ms Grace said the school would grow to accommodate all year levels.
“Stage 1 features junior general learning rooms, an admin centre, an oval and sports centre, covered lunch area and canteen. A science centre with applied technology and hospitality facilities will also be ready early in Term 1,” she said.
“The school will continue to grow by a year level each year to offer Years 7 to 12 by 2024.
“Future stages of the school will include a junior applied technology centre, food and hospitality centre, art and design centre, senior learning centre and performing arts, music and multi-media centre.”
New principal Michael Rogers said he was excited to kick off the 2020 school year.
“Our goal is to provide rich learning experiences that extend beyond the classroom walls, engage students collaboratively and prepare them for the world of tomorrow,” he said.
“The new facilities will provide rich learning environments for students across all learning areas, with specialist facilities for the Arts, STEM, Applied Technology, Business and ICT, and Health & Physical Education incorporated into the 5-year Master Plan.
“We aim to instil in all young people a curiosity and love for learning, and to foster the individual talents of each student to allow them to reach their full potential.
“We have already begun to establish strong partnerships within the local community, including the University of the Sunshine Coast and its new Moreton Bay campus.”
The other schools opening on January 28 are Fortitude Valley SSC, Ripley Valley State School, Ripley Valley SSC, Calliope State High School, Yarrabilba SSC, Foxwell SSC, Lee Street State Special School.