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

    Work begins on $14.7 million expansion for Gold Coast school

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

    Wednesday, March 28, 2018

    Work begins on $14.7 million expansion for Gold Coast school

    Education Minister Grace Grace kicked off construction works on a new $14.7 million classroom building at Helensvale State High School today, by turning the first sod.

    Ms Grace said the new three-storey facility was a welcome addition for the school, which has more than 2500 students enrolled. 

    “The northern Gold Coast region has experienced major growth over recent years and Helensvale State High School is one of Queensland’s largest high schools,” Ms Grace said.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to building classrooms and schools where they are needed most to support students across Queensland, including here on the Gold Coast.

    “The school’s entire cohort will be able to use the new $14.7 million facility, which includes 12 flexibly-designed classrooms.

    “The new block will also feature dedicated areas for senior students, staff rooms, flexible learning spaces, kitchenettes and meeting rooms.

    "Students studying hospitality will also benefit from a commercial-sized kitchen, which may support the development of a restaurant and café in the future.”

    Ms Grace said the Palaszczuk Government had a proven track record of delivering for Gold Coast schools.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to providing world-class education infrastructure for all Queensland students, including here on the Gold Coast,” she said.

    “One of four new state schools to open in Queensland this year was Picnic Creek State School, located at Coomera East.

    “Construction is also underway on a new multi-purpose hall at Pimpama State School, which is due to be completed later this year.”

    Helensvale State High Executive Principal Ms Karen Lindsay said the specialist hospitality area was one of the building’s best design features which would allow the school to share the new facility with the community whilst showcasing the talents of its hospitality students.

    “The complex will help us provide our students with pathways to their preferred futures,” Ms Lindsay said.

    Minister Grace said the new block would be ready for the start of the 2019 school year.

    The last major expansion of facilities at the school was with the construction of Discovery Place to welcome Year 7s to high school in 2015. For more information go to www.helensvaleshs.eq.edu.au.

     

    Media contact: Emma Clarey – 0439 578 472