Ipswich State Schools Among List of Schools to Receive Air-Con Funding

Around 300 schools across Southern Queensland will benefit from the State Government’s air-conditioning program, and 26 of them are state schools in Ipswich. 

The government will be fast-tracking the release of $50 million to give hundreds of schools the opportunity to start air conditioning their classrooms over the summer school holidays.

“By fast-tracking this funding, work that had been planned in future years can begin now, providing a valuable boost to our economy,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said during her visit to the Centenary State High School, one of the recipients of the air-conditioning project.

The 26 Ipswich state schools to get fast-tracked school air-con funding are:

Amberley District State School Ipswich North State School
Brassall State School Ipswich Special School
Bremer State High School Ipswich State High School
Bundamba State Secondary College Leichhardt State School
Bundamba State School Redbank Plains State High School
Camira State School Redbank Plains State School
Collingwood Park State School Raceview State School
Fernbrooke State School Richlands East State School
Goodna Special School Silkstone State School
Goodna State School Springfield Central State High School
Grandchester State School Springfield Central State School
Ipswich Central State School Springfield Lakes State School
Ipswich East State School WoodLinks State School

As with the previous Cooler Schools Program, these schools have been selected using heat discomfort data, based on a combination of the highest average apparent temperature data and the highest number of school days in Term 1 and Term 4 above 30°C.

According to Education Minister Grace Grace, an audit of every school outside the ‘Cooler Schools Zone’, is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. Spaces including classrooms, libraries and staff rooms will be air conditioned under this accelerated program.

“Today’s announcement will ensure classrooms in places like Charleville, Gympie and Ipswich will now be air-conditioned, along with schools in our hottest suburbs in Brisbane,” Ms Grace said in a media statement. 

Springfield Central State High and Two Ipswich Schools to Get Chunk of $250-M Funding to be 2020-Ready

Springfield Central State High School and two Ipswich high schools will benefit from the 2020 Ready government funding for the construction of additional classrooms to accommodate incoming students in 2020.

Bremer State High and Ipswich State High will get $8 million and $9 million respectively as part of the $250 million budget commitment from the government. Springfield Central SHS and 54 other state high schools will also receive funding through the 2020 Ready program.

Photo credit: bremershs.eq.edu.au

Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard said, “our Government’s $250 million boost will ensure schools in Ipswich can accommodate the additional students expected in our high schools in 2020 and into the future.”

“At Bremer State High over $8 million will be spent on two new two-storey prefabricated buildings housing extra classrooms,” she added.

Artist’s impression of Ipswich State High’s new Performing Arts Centre. Photo credit: ipswichshs.eq.edu.au

According to Member for Ipswich West Jim Madden, the $9 million funding for Ipswich State High which will be spent on a new performing arts centre.

“Work has commenced on the centre and everyone is extremely excited about the project and what it will bring to the school,” Mr Madden said.

Works for Ipswich State High’s New Performing Arts Centre already started. Photo credit: Facebook/The Ipswich State High School

Education Minister Grace Grace said the multi-million 2020 Ready budget commitment for infrastructure investment would support an anticipated 17,000 additional students across Queensland.

“The ‘2020 Ready’ program signals the next phase of Queensland’s major education reforms, which started more than a decade ago,” she said.

The introduction of prep started in 2007 with the government’s Flying Start initiative.

“With the original prep students set to graduate from high school at the end of 2019, we will have – for the very first time – six full year levels of students in Queensland secondary schools from 2020,” said the minister.

“This new $250 million investment for additional classrooms will prepare those schools identified as requiring additional capacity for the additional students expected in 2020.”