Funds for Year 7 move

St Patrick’s College students (left to right) Toby Cirson, Dylan Cirson, Rhys Ferguson, Hayley Ferguson, Bailey Crawford, Gabrielle Crawford, Teniele Morley, Zara Morley and principal Patricia Kennedy.
St Patrick’s College students (left to right) Toby Cirson, Dylan Cirson, Rhys Ferguson, Hayley Ferguson, Bailey Crawford, Gabrielle Crawford, Teniele Morley, Zara Morley and principal Patricia Kennedy. Craig Warhurst

ST PATRICK'S College has been allocated $1.27 million to help accommodate an estimated 90 Year 7 students in 2015, when Year 7s across Gympie and Queensland move from primary to high schools.

Principal Patricia Kennedy said this week a state-of-the-art specialist learning centre would be built with the money, allowing the school's current industrial technology and graphics centre to be refurbished and turned into a music room to join the "creative" precinct, which in turn will free up classrooms for Year 7s.

The Year 7 building program will get underway in 40 Queensland Catholic secondary colleges over the next few months following approval of Round 2 of the Queensland Government's Flying Start Capital Assistance Scheme.

Education Training and Employment Minister John Paul Langbroek confirmed the $52.1 million in grants last week.

About 11,000 Year 7 students will join the Queensland Catholic sector's 85 secondary colleges in two years time.

"It is a challenge, but planning is well advanced and school authorities are confident they can deliver the required facilities in time for the start of the 2015 school year," QCEC executive director Mike Byrne said.

Ms Kennedy said the "best case scenario" at St Patrick's would see the new industrial technology and graphics centre built and open by January, 2014.

"We are very happy with the State Government," she said.

Mr Byrne said the Catholic sector as a whole was grateful for the State Government's support of this significant change to schooling in Queensland.

The government has committed $105 million to assist the Catholic sector with the construction of classrooms and specialist learning areas, and provided exemption from Local Government infrastructure costs estimated at $24 million.

Mr Byrnes said some schools would also need to expand facilities such as staffrooms, toilets, libraries, administration offices, specialist teaching areas, and parking and set down spaces among others to accommodate the additional year level..

 

Fast facts

  • St Pat's College: $1.27 m grant
  • St Pat's College: 90 Year 7s in 2015
  • James Nash: 200 Year 7s in 2015
  • James Nash: 8 new classrooms, 8 extra teachers; 1 new staffroom
  • Gympie High: 200 Year 7s in 2015
  • Gympie High: 8 new classrooms in a 2-storey building, 2 other classrooms to be refurbished
  • Cooloola Christian College: applying for funding for new secondary building
  • Victory College: new science centre with 3 new science labs