$9 million development at St Catherines in Proserpine
MONDAY marked the start of a $9.5million development that will increase the range of facilities, vocational and academic pathways available to students of St Catherine's Catholic College.
On the Loyola primary campus, there will be four new classrooms, a new bus shelter and extension of the existing carpark.
On the secondary campus Manresa, the development will start with the extension of the current car park, staff building and administration block.
The science laboratory will undergo a complete refurbishment and six new classrooms or GLA's (general learning areas) will be built along with a specialist block for vocational pathways.
The specialist block will include an industrial technology and design area for woodwork, metalwork and graphics, a hospitality area with industrial sized kitchen, a separate classroom for textiles and design and specialist art block.
The next building constructed will be a flexible learning area that will include an enclosed basketball court with male and female amenities, a physical education (PE) storeroom, a storage area for tables and chairs, a cleaner's room and a self-service canteen area.
On the Renwick Road side of that area, there will be an additional two rooms with a stage area and drama facility, a music room and two instrumental rooms.
Principal David Burke said the performance arts precinct would take the longest to complete but would allow the college to hold professional stage productions on the school grounds.
A large agricultural shed for ag science and marine studies will also be built.
"This will allow us to offer a specialist range of secondary subjects to our students that will provide a range of vocational pathways to those who may not be interested in an academic pathway," Mr Burke said.
"We are also going to be looking into helping students achieve certificates in hospitality, engineering, furnishings, textiles and design."
This development is the third stage of four to take place, with stage three to be completed for the start of the 2015 school year.
St Catherine's currently offers academic pathways for students up to year 9 but stage three will allow the school to accommodate students up to year 11 in 2015.