Cleveland District State High School to shine spotlight on STEM, creative industries with multi-million dollar learning facility

Cleveland District State High School has opened a new multi-storey learning facility as part of the state government's 2020 Ready program.

Redlands MP Kim Richards said the $8.5 million centre would shine a spotlight on creative industries and the STEM curriculum of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The new facility, called V Block, features 14 classrooms, two flexible learning areas, a robotics lab and dance studio.

EDUCATION: Redlands MP Kim Richards unveils a plaque during the opening of Cleveland District State High School's new multi-storey learning centre. Photo: Jordan Crick

EDUCATION: Redlands MP Kim Richards unveils a plaque during the opening of Cleveland District State High School's new multi-storey learning centre. Photo: Jordan Crick

"I know that this new learning centre will be loved by the entire school community, with community members, staff and parents all playing roles to make this facility a reality," Ms Richards said.

"The school's P&C have also made a significant contribution with a wonderful amphitheatre, landscaping and outdoor sports courts surrounding the new V Block."

The new building will compliment the Paul Bancroft Centre, which opened in March last year and accommodates health and physical education lessons, sport matches and music, dance and drama performances.

Acting executive principal Leonard McKeown said the STEM room was a highlight of the new centre and was designed to enhance collaboration between students and staff.

WARM WELCOME: Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson, Acting executive principal Leonard McKeown, Redlands MP Kim Richards and Cr Wendy Boglary were at the opening of V Block. Photo: Jordan Crick

WARM WELCOME: Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson, Acting executive principal Leonard McKeown, Redlands MP Kim Richards and Cr Wendy Boglary were at the opening of V Block. Photo: Jordan Crick

"V Block will contribute significantly to STEM education because it will allow even more innovative teaching practices to build creativity, critical thinking and cultural awareness," he said.

"The result will be more students engaged in STEM, learning skills and developing capabilities that are essential to their success in the future."

Education Minister Grace Grace said the facility was a much-needed asset for a rapidly growing school.

A total of $250 million had been shared among 61 Queensland schools as part of the 2020 Ready program.

"It is a welcome addition and is helping to meet the learning needs of a thriving school in the heart of south east Queensland," Ms Grace said.

"The 2020 Ready program has delivered the buildings and extensions needed to manage the increased student population in state high schools which resulted from the introduction of prep in 2007.

"Queensland is a growing state (so) we are investing in the future of our schools and delivering the facilities our students need to make the most of their education."

Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson welcomed the investment and praised the construction jobs it had created.

"The new 2020 Ready secondary learning centre is a modern and impressive building," he said.

"Along with the long awaited and recently completed Paul Bancroft Centre, the new classrooms will prove to be a valuable resource at the school, not only today but into the future."

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