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    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    New state-of-the-art primary school in Caloundra named

    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Friday, September 22, 2017

    New state-of-the-art primary school in Caloundra named

    Education Minister Kate Jones today announced the name of the new state-of-the-art school set to open at Caloundra South for Term 1 2018 is Baringa State Primary School.

    Minister Jones said the $34 million Prep to Year 6 school was currently under construction on the highest point within the Aura residential estate.

    “The name of the school is particularly fitting as Baringa means highest point, first light in the local Indigenous Gubbi Gubbi language,” Ms Jones said.

    “The school name was chosen after consultation with local stakeholders as well as prospective parents and parents from the area.

    “Baringa State Primary School will have capacity for up to 470 students when it opens and is expected to peak at 1100 students within five to eight years.

    “It will open as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) school of excellence.

    “One of the most exciting features of the school is that will it be truly state-of the-art, with 55-inch LED touch-screen interactive televisions being a standard feature in classrooms.

    “It will also boast a discovery centre which will include library facilities along with coding and robotics work areas.

    “The school will also have flexible learning spaces, robotics laboratories, plus a sound and recording studio as well as innovation hubs attached to many classrooms.”

    Baringa State Primary School’s Principal is Noel Baggs, who was previously Principal of Currimundi State School and has served as a Deputy Principal for 25 years.

    Mr Baggs said he and the team of teachers currently being appointed were looking forward to welcoming students to the Baringa State Primary School in 2018.

    “Our staff will be coming together as a team for the first time in October to set the direction for our wonderful new school,” he said.

    “We are also looking forward to working and collaborating with our new and growing community when the school opens, with our facilities to form a core of the area and used for a range of activities.

    “Baringa State Primary School is one of three new schools being built this year in Southeast Queensland as part of the government’s commitment to provide high quality education facilities in the areas that need it most.

    The three schools are being constructed as one $118 million project, enabling the government to achieve efficiencies in design and value for money savings across the three schools. The other two schools are at Yarrabilba in Logan City and Coomera on the Gold Coast.

    The Caloundra South school is expected to support around 150 jobs during construction

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