Education Minister Grace Grace has announced ‘Yarrabilba State Secondary College’ as the official name of the new high school opening in Logan next year.
Ms Grace said construction of the new $65 million school was on track for the opening on day one of the 2020 school year, with the naming an exciting milestone for the community.
“Foundation principal Belinda Tregea has been leading extensive consultation with local stakeholders and community members since May, deciding on the most appropriate name for the school,” Ms Grace said.
“As the first high school for the area, the title ‘Yarrabilba State Secondary College’ was chosen with unanimous support.
“I’m delighted for the principal and local community.
“Ms Tregea will now be able to hit the ground running with hiring teaching staff, taking enrolments and designing school uniforms and colours.”
Ms Tregea said she was happy with the level of engagement from the community around the name.
“As Yarrabilba’s first secondary school, the community was eager to honour the Yugambeh name of ‘Yarrabilba’ – meaning ‘place of song’,” Ms Tregea said.
“I hope that with the community’s support, we can build a college that embraces the area’s Indigenous heritage while giving every student the opportunity to ‘sing their own song’.”
Logan MP Linus Power said local builders Broad Construction had made excellent headway on the construction of the first stage of the school.
“I’m always impressed by how much progress has been made on the school every time I drive past the site, with the first sod only turned in March with Minister Grace and Ms Tregea,” he said.
“So far, the ground floor and first floor concrete slabs have been poured for the junior general learning centre, and structural works are well underway.
“The sports hall ground floor concrete slab has also been poured, and preparation work is underway for the first concrete pour for the information services and technology centre buildings.
“Construction of the school is supporting 170 local jobs which is a great boost to the Logan economy.”
Mr Power said he was looking forward to seeing the first students walk through the gates.
“The new school will welcome approximately 300 Years 7 and 8 students in 2020, growing to accommodate up to 1,800 students across years 7-12 by 2024,” he said.
Yarrabilba State Secondary College is one of eight new schools opening across Queensland next year. These include Fortitude Valley State Secondary College; new secondary schools at Calliope, Mango Hill, Coomera and Ripley Valley, a new primary school in Ripley Valley and a new special school in Caboolture.