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

    Townsville’s newest school officially opened

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

    Friday, April 20, 2018

    Townsville’s newest school officially opened

    Education Minister Grace Grace has officially opened Townsville’s $53.9 million North Shore State School, one of Queensland’s four new schools to welcome students in 2018.

    “I’m pleased to be in North Queensland today to open this wonderful new education facility,” Ms Grace said.

    “North Shore State School, which has more than 260 students enrolled, opened at the start of the year to service this growing area north of Townsville.

    “Across Queensland, our Government is delivering state-of-the art new schools and classrooms where they are needed most.

    “The design of North Shore State School is a prime example of a modern learning facility – with classrooms arranged into clusters of innovative, flexible learning spaces called ‘learning villages’.

    “Classrooms are arranged around a central ‘town square’ to encourage student learning, interaction, recreation and access by the wider school community – including the school’s special education unit which is integrated throughout the school.

    “The school’s layout allows all students to come together and enjoy a strong sense of community.”

    Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper said the new primary school was servicing the fast-growing area of Burdell, north of Townsville.

    “The school’s facilities include an administration block, student support services, resource centre, canteen, covered central area with amenities, 21 classrooms, multi-purpose courts and a car park,” Mr Harper said.

    “The environmentally-friendly design captures prevailing breezes and maximises natural cross-flow ventilation and lighting, and each classroom has direct access to beautiful gardens.”

    Foundation Principal Patrick McDonnell said the new school was a welcome boost to education options in the Townsville area.  

    “Our new school provides quality education in a modern, state-of-the-art facility by expert teaching staff, ensuring students have everything they need to be successful and confident learners in the 21st century,” Mr McDonnell said.

    “It’s been amazing to see how the new approach to architecture has encouraged our teachers and students to ‘think outside the box’ and broaden their outlook on what constitutes a learning environment.

    “Having self-contained learning villages with all facilities in easy reach is fantastic and watching the children learn and play in outdoor learning spaces, stage areas and playgrounds is wonderful.”

    Ms Grace said $53.9 million had been allocated over four years to build North Shore State School, including land acquisition and construction costs over two stages, with stage two scheduled to be complete for the start of the 2020 school year.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to delivering world-class education facilities for all Queensland students,” she said.

    “In 2017-18 we are delivering a state wide Infrastructure Investment Program valued at more than $778 million.”

    For more information on North Shore State School visit

    Media contact: Emma Clarey – 0439 578 472