Principal chosen for new Pimpama state school

A foundation principal has been appointed to lead the Gold Coast’s new $59.6 million state primary school, opening in 2021.

Education Minister Grace Grace said Clayton McCann would start in the new role from May 5.

“I’d like to congratulate Clayton on the opportunity of a lifetime to lead a brand-new school in one of the fastest growing parts of the Gold Coast,” Ms Grace said.

“Clayton has a wealth of experience in the Queensland education system, working as a teacher and principal for more than 25 years.

“He’s currently the principal at Mount Warren Park State School, and over the years he has worked at schools such as McIlwraith State School, Bundaberg Central State School and Labrador State School.

“I have every confidence that Clayton will do a fantastic job and I wish him the best of luck.”

Mr McCann said he was honoured to be given the opportunity to develop a school from scratch.

“I’m really excited to take on this challenge and shape the direction of this new Prep to Year 6 school,” Mr McCann said.

“I am looking forward to working closely with the school community, taking a collaborative approach as we all work towards the first students starting in Term 1, 2021.”

Ms Grace said the Pimpama school would welcome the inaugural Prep to year 6 students in less than 12 months’ time.

“I turned the sod at the school site in February this year, with contractor FKG hitting the ground running straight away,” she said.

“The first stage of the school will feature admin and corporate services facilities, prep and junior learning centres, a specialist STEM and music centre, a central covered area, library, canteen, sports oval and a multi-purpose hall.

“Construction will support close to 180 full-time jobs across the life of the project.”

Ms Grace said the new Pimpama primary school was tip of the iceberg when it came to infrastructure on the Gold Coast.

“This Government is no stranger when it comes to investing in Gold Coast state school projects, with half a billion dollars invested since 2015,” she said.

“Three months ago, we opened the $64 million Foxwell State Secondary College in Coomera to the first year 7 students.

“We are building the facilities needed to keep pace with this rapidly-growing part of Queensland.”

The new Pimpama school is one of five new state schools set to open in Queensland next year.

“We’re also building a primary and special school at Palmview, a high school at Baringa and a vertical high school at Dutton Park in Brisbane,” Ms Grace said.

“That’s a total investment of $460 million, which will support more than 1,360 construction jobs.”

Enrolments for the new Pimpama school will open soon.

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