More than 100 eager year seven students started their first day of high school today at the first inner-city state school to be built in more than fifty years.
Queensland’s first vertical school, the Fortitude Valley State Secondary College, will eventually house about 1500 students by 2025 with the first 140 foundation students starting school today.
With stage one of the school’s development complete, the new students will be taught in the modern learning centre, while stage two comprising a seven-storey vertical junior learning centre on St Pauls Terrace is set to open by mid-2020.
Stage three of construction is set to be completed by the start of school in 2023.
The school, supported by the Queensland University of Technology excellence in teaching program, has supported 300 jobs and 53 apprentices.
Education Minister Grace Grace said a lot of work had gone into developing the school from scratch.
“I’d like to commend Principal Sharon Barker on creating a school that students will be excited about learning in every day,” she said.
School principal Sharon Barker said everything had been about the moment foundation students walked through the doors today.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was a momentous day for education in Queensland, with more than $450 million injected into eight new state schools.
Originally published by Antonia O’Flaherty in The Courier Mail HERE.