12 November, 2021
A New world of creativity Peace Lutheran College
SET in the foothills of a World Heritage rainforest, Peace Lutheran College in Kamerunga, CAIRNS, celebrated the official opening of $2.6 million worth of new and refurbished facilities.
Barron River MP Craig Crawford said the Palaszczuk Government was delighted to provide $1 million to enable the building projects to go ahead. “Congratulations to the Peace Lutheran College community for providing $1.6 million to build the new Industrial Technology and Design Centre and refurbished Hospitality Centre with a café,’’
Mr Crawford said. “This will unleash exciting new learning environments where student creativity can abound.
“While predominantly serving Years 6 to 12, the facilities will also be accessed by all year levels including boarding students and other school community members.” He said the Palaszczuk Government remains committed to ensuring high quality infrastructure is in place for students right across the State, including Far North Queensland.
“That’s why we’ve committed more than $116.6 million in the 2021–22 State Budget, to support Queensland’s non-state school sector to expand and maintain its infrastructure.”
The new Industrial Technology and Design Centre included manual arts facilities consisting of two workshops (one for manual arts and one for STEM activities), a computer room, outdoor fabrication area for activities like spray painting, four storerooms, staff office, veranda, furniture and equipment ranging from data projectors to 3D printers. Renovation and expansion of the Hospitality Centre featured a café including an industrial kitchen, scullery, laundry, café, cold room, corridor, three storerooms, a veranda, staffroom, and various furniture and equipment.
Peace Lutheran College Principal Elisabeth Fenske said that the new facilities provided fantastic support to college education programs, which focus on a holistic educational philosophy in the Christian faith tradition.
“We have a diverse range of students, with talents in both the academic and practical skill arena, who will greatly benefit from these facilities to help them develop future job skills, which are in high demand in the local area,” Mrs Fenske said.
“Students have already begun using the café in the Hospitality Centre to serve treats and coffees to staff, students and even parents; and Year 11 and 12s planned and served a full high tea recently, as part of their assessment.
“Students are getting creative designing and constructing various projects, experimenting with different tools and materials and some of our After School ‘Props and Costumes’ club members are even using the new Industrial Technology and Design Centre to design their own superhero costumes. ”
Education Minister Grace Grace was represented by the Honourable Craig Crawford, Minister for Seniors and Disability Services and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Member for Barron River, at the official opening.