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    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Gold Coast high school’s 2020 Ready project gains momentum

    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Friday, November 30, 2018

    Gold Coast high school’s 2020 Ready project gains momentum

    A contract has been awarded and construction has begun on a $12.43 million multi-storey learning centre at Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School.

    Minister for Education Grace Grace said contractor Broad Construction Services had already started work on the three-level 2020 Ready facility, which is forecast to be completed in August 2019. 

    “This is a really exciting project for Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School with the doors to the centre to open for the start of the 2020 school year,” Ms Grace said.

    “It's great news for the local economy, with construction supporting up to 36 jobs.

    “Level one of the centre will include a library, design and audio-visual studios, project room and conference room, Head of Department offices, and a staff work area complete with kitchenette.

    “The upper level will boast six general learning areas, three group learning spaces, a kitchen, storeroom and amenities.  

    “Importantly, the under-croft will be fitted with amenities and will be future-proofed for a further eight general learning areas when they are needed down the track.”

    Ms Grace said the Palaszczuk Government’s 2020 Ready initiative was supporting more than 60 high schools across the state.

    “The 2020 Ready program is delivering additional classrooms we need to manage the increased student population in our high schools that resulted from the introduction of Prep in 2007,” Ms Grace said.

    “With the original half-cohort of Prep students set to graduate from high school at the end of 2019, we will have — for the very first time in 2020 — six full year levels of students in Queensland secondary schools.

    “I’d also like to thank the Palm Beach-Currumbin P&C Association for their generous contribution of $996,000 for extra enhancements to the building.”

    Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School Principal Christopher Capra said the new building would be an important asset to the school’s future.

    “The centre will provide a variety of larger, and more flexible, learning and innovation centres to benefit all year levels,” Mr Capra said.

    “The centre’s modern facilities and wireless connectivity will not only cater for our school’s predicted increase in enrolments, but also progress our curriculum into the digital age.”

    Mr Capra said the new building would also benefit the wider school community, with some of the flexible learning spaces able to transform into a large function room.

    For more information on Palm Beach Currumbin State High School visit: www.pbc-shs.eq.edu.au

    Media contact: Scott Chandler- 0439 578 472