Gympie High’s new building for Year 7
GYMPIE State High School celebrated the official opening of its $3.73 million purpose-built Year 7 building.
Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek, who was unable to attend the opening, said the building had eight new and two refurbished classrooms, a flexible learning area and staff amenities.
It would be home to the school's junior secondary students in Years 7 to 9.
Gympie State High School is expected to welcome 190 Year 7 students and another 150 Year 8 students in 2015.
Principal Murray Wegner said the project would better meet the long-term needs of the school and its community.
"Our new facilities have been specifically designed to create an inspirational and engaging learning environment for our young adolescent students," Mr Wegner said.
"The building will be used for Year 7 classes and junior secondary academic mastery classes.
"Junior secondary will help boost school performance by providing students in Years 7 to 9 with a strong and consistent transition between primary and secondary school."
In the past few months, Gympie State High School has begun preparing incoming students, their families and new teachers with a range of transition activities.
"We've held parent and student open days, teacher work shadowing activities, student workshops, a senior leader mentoring program, and student orientation days," Mr Wegner said.
State Member for Gympie David Gibson represented Mr Langbroek at the official opening.