Wishart State School To Build More Classrooms For Extra Students

In order to meet future in-catchment enrolment demands, Wishart State School will be building eight new classrooms which can accommodate up to 200 extra students.

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Four new classrooms will be constructed in late 2022 whilst future in-fill of ground level would create four more classrooms, amenities, breakout spaces, office spaces for staff, one teacher preparation room, and a covered outdoor area.

The future in-fill of the ground floor, however, is still subject to future enrolment demands and availability of funding.

Ground floor in-fill plan (Photo credit: planning.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au)

Also part of the plan is the replacement multipurpose court (also subject to funding), a new covered walkway and a carpark off an existing internal road linking to Morella Street.

The new learning spaces are part of the Department of Education’s Infrastructure Proposal to the Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning for a two-storey ‘General Learning Centre.’

Artist’s impression of the new general learning centre (Photo credit: planning.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au)

The proposal includes provision of a new car park with capacity for five spaces and landscaped areas in proximity to the new General Learning Centre.

Based on the assessment report for the proposal, the Wishart local area has experienced increased growth in the school-aged population and that the school now requires additional facilities to continue to meet in-catchment enrolment demands.

A spokesperson from the Education department stated that Wishart State School has grown by more than 300 students since 2017, with further growth forecast over the next five years.

Wishart State School (Photo credit: education.qld.gov.au)

Wishart State School can accommodate up to 1,061 students at present and based on records, student enrolment at the school continues to grow each year, from 901 in 2020, to 968 total in August 2021.

Whilst the project is still in the planning and consultation stage, works are anticipated to start later this year, for it to be complete in time for the 2024 school year.

The public can make a submission to DoE’s proposal via planning.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au until 15 August 2022. 

New Senior Playground on the Way for Wishart State School

Wishart State School will soon have its own all-inclusive playground for years 4, 5, and 6 after the re-elected Morrison Government announced earlier this month that it will provide $350,000 for the project.

The playground will feature bushfood, trees, climbing and balancing equipment and it will incorporate the natural landscape and build on the already established playground.

This all-abilities playground, which will also be the first senior playground in the school,  will come up with specialty equipments for the students with special needs.

Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta said the rapidly growing school is in need of another playground on site and this funding will enable them to build its very first senior playground.

“In the past few years the enrolment numbers have increased by more than 200 students and this playground is desperately needed to cope with the additional intake and the growing senior years,” Mr Vasta said.

Mr Vasta said delivering this playground for the school and its community is a key priority for the LNP because of the significant benefits that it will provide to the school community and local community and sporting groups.

In their 2017 annual report, Wishart State School noted that  their nature-based playground for the Junior School is a combined effort of the Parents and Citizens Association and the school. Wishart OSHC also helped in refurbishing the Junior Playground.