Upper Mount Gravatt State School Opens New Learning Centre to Replace Fire-Damaged Building

Upper Mount Gravatt State School
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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.”  

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“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.”