Trinity Bay State High School’s exciting new $10.5 million STEAM hub is nearing completion and on track to be ready for 2020.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Member for Cairns Michael Healy met with students last month while inspecting progress of the STEAM hub, which is currently under construction as part of the Queensland Government’s 2020 Ready program.
“I am pleased to see firsthand today, that the new STEAM facility at Trinity Bay State High School is very close to completion and will be ready for 2020,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Our students deserve world-class facilities and our 2020 Ready program is ensuring our state secondary schools are prepared and ready for the 2020 school year.
“We’ve just seen the original half-cohort of Prep students graduate, which means for the first time from 2020, we are set to have six full secondary year levels in our state high schools.
“To prepare for this, we invested an additional $250 million in more than 60 secondary schools to deliver new classrooms and educational infrastructure to accommodate approximately an extra 17,000 students.
“In fact, in 2019–20 we’re delivering an overall infrastructure investment portfolio across the state valued at more than $1.46 billion.
“This investment is also helping to drive the Queensland economy by supporting an estimated 4800 full-time jobs through the delivery of important infrastructure projects right across the state.”
Member for Cairns Michael Healy said it was great to see the new facility full STEAM ahead.
“The contemporary, two-storey learning centre features 12 learning spaces, two design studios, two robotics laboratories, four collaborative break-out spaces and two staff work rooms,” Mr Healy said.
“Not only has this project supported 31 fulltime jobs and work for 30 apprentices during construction, it will also help skill our students for the jobs of tomorrow which is very exciting.”
Trinity Bay State High School Principal Martin Woodcock said the school community was extremely excited about the brand-new facility and the new opportunities it will provide for students.
“Our fantastic new STEAM hub will be a real game changer for Trinity Bay State High School,” Mr Woodcock said.
“It will allow us to develop and expand our existing science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics programs, to provide our students with a whole new suite of learning opportunities.
“A team of about twenty-five of our teachers have been working together for some time now on innovative ways to deliver the curriculum using the new facility, to empower our students with 21st century skills.
“The collaborative break-out spaces, for example, will mean that students and staff can really engage and work together, problem-solving and experimenting with educational concepts across all discipline areas.”
For more information on the 2020 Ready program visit: https://qed.qld.gov.au/programs-initiatives/det/building-education/major-projects-and-initiatives/2020-ready-program