Bundaberg Christian College has officially opened a range of new buildings as part of an expansion to the junior school precinct.
Six additional classrooms, a purpose-built STEM room, performing arts room, new amenities and changerooms, a large under cover outside area, refurbished administration building and refurbished learning enrichment and wellbeing space were opened by Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith MP and BCC Principal Paul Thompson this week.
Mr Thompson said it was the first time in 15 years the entire Junior School (Prep to Year 6) cohort was co-located in the one area of the school.
“BCC has experienced considerable growth over 26 years and our Junior School is now double stream,” Mr Thompson said.
“These purpose-built learning spaces, plus our extensive grounds and brand-new playground, cater for our growing school and provide a wonderful environment for students to flourish and learn.
“The innovative design behind these state-of-the-art buildings will help students increase their learning potential through greater collaboration, project-based learning, critical thinking and problem solving.”
Mr Thompson also acknowledged the founders of the college, current board members and those who have carried the vision to make Bundaberg Christian College what is today.
The building project cost $4.11 million with the Queensland State Government contributing $1.85 million through the Block Grant Authority and the College contributing $2.26 million.
Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith MP said the official opening of the new learning facility marked another key step forward in the history of Bundaberg Christian College.
“It was an honour to be invited and speak to the young learners and college leaders about the significance of new constructions within schools and the transformational power they can have on successful educational outcomes,” Mr Smith said.
“Principal Paul Thompson and the whole college team should be very proud of their vision and dedication for young learners.”
Key contributors to the project include Parpus Waring Architecture, Murchie Constructions, Insite SJC and WillPlay.