High schools get $90,000 for facilities

By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au

TOOLOOA and Tannum Sands State High Schools have received a total of more than $90,000 for new facilities under a state government subsidy scheme.

Toolooa State High School principal Roger Atkins said the $42,300 funding would be used to complete a community precinct building at the school.

'Basically, the building is designed for community groups to work with students in a safe, secure place,' Mr Atkins said. He said the funds would be used for power, water and Internet facilities to be installed in the new building.

'We're a growing school and we're running out of room, so we intend for this new facility to be up and running by the first day of classes next year,'' Mr Atkins said.

He said the school's youth worker, Kit Woodhouse, and deputy principal Joy Kopelke had been the driving force behind the fund-ing, and had established partnerships to gain funding to fit out the new building with equipment and furnishings.

Tannum Sands State High School principal Ray Johnston said the state government funding would go towards $80,000 worth of shade and seating for the school.

'We're going to construct a large shaded area over the ampitheatre adjacent to the performance centre, and it will double as a lunchtime seating area, as well as an outdoor performance arena for lunchtime concerts,' Mr Johnston said.

Mr Johnston said the shaded area would also be used for school house parades and assemblies.

He said the shade would absorb most of the $49,000 Smart Schools Subsidy Scheme funding, but any leftover funds would be used to create more seating and shade for the students.

Mr Johnston said the school was hoping to have the shaded area completed in the first half of next year.



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