The Upper Mount Gravatt State School has officially opened a new two-storey learning centre more than two years after a devastating fire destroyed the very old, historical E Block building.
In August 2021, students in Prep, Year 1, and Year 2 moved into the new $9.21-million facility but the school community only celebrated the re-opening with a program with special guests like Education Minister Grace Grace and Corinne McMillan MP in early November.
The new Junior Learning Block includes “The Fairway,” a garden open space for outdoor learning. It has six learning spaces for the older kids, four rooms for the prep students, two breakout spaces for students, a staff room, and an undercroft for more learning spaces, as needed.
Upper Mount Gravatt SS Principal Derek Brady said that these purpose-built facilities are a great addition to the school. Construction for the the Junior Learning Block was completed around July.
“While it was a heartbreaking experience, the entire school community pulled together and even had temporary classrooms ready for the children to learn in just a few days later,” Ms McMillian said. “I know the Upper Mount Gravatt SS community really felt the loss of their beautiful old building.”
“While the new facility will never replace the look and feel of a lovely old building, the new building has provided the school with some fresh, modern and state-of-the-art learning spaces, Ms McMillian added. “I am just so proud of everyone and couldn’t be happier to officially open this new state-of-the-art facility today.”