Local Bundamba school set for $17M expansion

14 September 2021

Three new buildings will be delivered at Bellbird Park State Secondary College as part of a $16.98 million expansion.

The learning spaces will support a rapidly growing school community with additional classrooms, workshops and student and staff amenities.

Member for Bundamba Lance McCallum said the investment was part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $157.2 million budget commitment to maintain, improve and upgrade schools throughout Ipswich.

“The three buildings will support learning across some really diverse areas of the curriculum,” Mr McCallum said.

“Building 1A will be a single-storey junior technology building offering a vocational education workshop, theory area and outdoor learning space.

“A single-storey food studies building, 1B will provide a new junior hospitality kitchen, theory area and student amenities.

“1C will be a three-story learning centre will 12 learning spaces, three collaborative spaces, an undercroft area for outdoor learning and a new staff centre.

“The project will also re-purpose an existing staff veranda, providing a new meeting room, and four outdoor multi-purpose courts will support the school’s sports programs.

“This is all part of our ongoing investment in local world-class education, and we’re expecting most of the new spaces to be ready for the start of the 2022 school year.”

Bellbird Park State Secondary College Principal Michael West welcomed the move, saying students and staff would benefit from the new facilities and improved infrastructure.

“Industrial design and technology, hospitality and vocational education are emerging as flagship subject areas at the college, and the new buildings will complement our existing infrastructure,” Mr West said.

“We’re focussed on ensuring all of our students receive growth and progress, and I am incredibly proud and honoured to lead our school as we continue to develop.”