Providence Schools Set For Expansion

Providence Schools Set For Expansion

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23 OCT 2020

The Queensland Government has called for tenders for Stage 2 expansions of the Ripley Valley State School and Ripley Valley Secondary College, located in the heart of Providence.

The expansion will deliver additional prep spaces and classrooms at the primary school and a host of new facilties at the secondary college. Construction is expected to start in December and be finished in 12 months.

Ripley Valley State Secondary College principal Brendan Krueger told the QT that stage two of the high school would be worth about $33 million and double its capacity. 

New facilities will include senior science labs, a purpose-built library and resource centre, a senior construction and engineering centre, additional dance and drama spaces, a senior hospitality space, two purpose-built lecture theatres, a canteen, an IT service centre and multiple general classroom spaces.

The high school currently has 154 students enrolled and is expected to double to more than 200 next year as a new class of Year 7s commences.

“We’re pretty much going to double or close to double (every year) over the next four years at least," Mr Krueger told the QT.

Teacher numbers will also double next year, with Mr Krueger looking to bring in another 15 for 2021.

Education Minister Grace Grace there had never been a more important time to invest in projects that support local jobs.

Minister Grace said for next phase of development followed their opening at the start of this 2020 school year.

“The Palaszczuk Government opened eight new state schools for the 2020 school year, the highest number in more than 30 years, creating more than 4800 jobs across the state,” Minister Grace said.

“And we will continue to create hundreds of jobs through the next stage of these important infrastructure projects.

“Tenders will be called shortly and contractors for these projects are expected to be announced later this year, with construction to start in 2020 or 2021 and finish during 2022.

 

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