Balaclava State School Prep students will kick off the 2019 school year in style, with newly refurbished Prep classrooms to be completed in time for their first day.
Member for Cairns Michael Healy said the Palaszczuk Government had invested $1.22 million to refurbish two Prep classrooms, with work beginning in late November.
“This important project will include repainting and installation of new teaching walls, upgraded flooring, a new kitchen, reading nook, withdrawal areas and staff spaces,” Mr Healy said.
“The classrooms will feature upgraded technology, with the installation of hearing augmentation services, data projectors and an upgrade to data connections.
“I am sure the new Preppies will love learning in their modernised classrooms.”
Balaclava State School Principal Michael Patane said the school welcomed the classroom upgrades.
“After 35 years of teaching activity, we are pleased to be able to upgrade the facilities to provide an enhanced environment for learning and development,” Mr Patane said.
“With these bright and modern classroom facilities, in 2019 we are sure to be the envy of every state school in Far North Queensland.
“This is a truly welcomed investment and one we believe will continue to support the vision we have for our school as a centre for education within our local community.”
Mr Healy said it was pleasing to know the Prep students would start their education journey with fresh facilities.
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to ensuring all Queensland students are provided a quality education, but we can’t do that without quality infrastructure,” Mr Healy said.
“This project at Balaclava State School has spruced up the learning spaces for Preppies which I’m sure will serve the students well into the future.
“The project is also helping to drive the local economy, by supporting an estimated three full-time jobs through the construction phase.”