Work begins on Bray Park's new learning spaces

Published 4:00pm 10 June 2024

Work begins on Bray Park's new learning spaces
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

Work has begun on three new state-of-the-art buildings at Bray Park State High School, which will provide hands-on learning opportunities for the next generation of job seekers.

An official sod turning was held on May 10 for the two-story Design Technologies and Wellbeing Centre, which will feature multiple labs and learning spaces, 12 new classrooms, a gymnasium, and offices for the school’s health and wellbeing staff.

The project also includes an extension to the school’s Manual Arts building with two new workshops being built, as well as a new industry-standard Automotive Precinct which will include two new hoists.

The $27.6 million project, which is funded by the State Government, is expected to be completed in early 2025, weather permitting.

It will be built by EVANS builds.

Bray Park State High School Principal Peter Turner says the new learning spaces will better prepare students for life after graduation.

“These new facilities will ensure our students gain the necessary skills and training they need to be part of the highly skilled workforce of tomorrow,” Peter said.

“These more modern-day facilities are better designed for critical thinking, entrepreneurship, and design thinking.

“Our students deserve the best facilities possible to learn and collaborate in, which will help them transition from life in the classroom to their future lives in an office, boardroom, or the trade industry.

“This has been a project three years in the making, so I am excited to see it come to fruition and open in March next year.”

With the school first opening in 1987, Peter said it’s important to invest in new infrastructure that will support the growth of the booming region.

“Other than the Innovation Centre which opened in 2022, every other building at the school is more than 30 years old,” he said.

“We are thankful for the State Government for their support because we will need these new learning spaces to cater to the high number of students who will walk through these gates now and in the future.

“Our school has already grown from 800 students to more than 1800 in a few short years, and that number is only going to get higher.”

During construction, there will also be opportunities for students who are interested in learning a trade to see firsthand what occurs on an active building site.

“When the Innovation Centre was being built, there were opportunities for some of our students to do work experience or go on site tours with the guys from ADCO, which gave them valuable knowledge into the industries they want to work in after school,” Peter said.

“We had students who were doing their carpentry apprenticeship involved with the build, as well as students who were doing their electrotechnology qualifications working on the lift.

“This project is another great way for our students to learn more hands-on skills and knowledge which will set them up in the future.

“I hope EVANS builds will be open to the same opportunities this year – they have indicated they are.”

Member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd, who represented Education Minister Di Farmer at the sod turning, said the State Government is “committed to delivering quality learning experiences for every young Queenslander to prepare them for the exciting career opportunities of the future”.

“I’m excited about what we’re achieving at Bray Park State High School in partnership with students, parents, teachers and industry leaders,” Nikki said.

“In addition to Bray Park State High School’s $3 million school hall extension, we’re investing a further $24.6 million in futureproofing the school’s learning infrastructure.

“This is another example of the world-class opportunities for Moreton Bay students to excel and engage with local industries.”

To see more photos, click through the gallery below. 

Partnership creates additional pathways 

Another way senior students from Bray Park State High School are accessing real-world learning opportunities is through a unique partnership with Ausbuild.

The collaborative partnership was initiated three years ago when Ausbuild’s Executive Manager Development Keith Cairns met Principal Peter Turner at a Community Reference Group meeting.

“I just happened to be sitting next to Peter, but I didn’t know who he was, nor did he know who I was,” Keith says.

“That meeting had a group of people there who all had amazing ideas, which helped me realise that Ausbuild could be doing more to help young people who are interested in entering the building and construction industry.

“I remember calling Peter the next morning and pitching the idea of forming a partnership with the school and organising site visits for the students to showcase the varied roles that students could journey along if they chose to be in the building and construction industry.”

The idea quickly became a reality, with Ausbuild offering 20 work experience placements at its master planned community in Warner, The Sanctuary, with the goal to promote eligible students into apprenticeships or employment.

“I am proud to say this partnership is still going strong today,” Keith said.

“We do everything we can to provide students with the knowledge of what it’s like to work in the building and construction industry and with respect to apprenticeships, we endeavour to work with other entities such as the HIA and CSQ to place students in apprenticeships or work experience.

“Two examples include helping a young man who was in Year 11 obtain a landscape apprenticeship with a company that carries out a significant volume of work with Ausbuild, and securing a school-based carpentry apprenticeship for a young woman with a contractor who is engaged by Ausbuild to build dwellings.

“I have had feedback that both love what they do and are excelling in their work, which is terrific to hear and shows what can be done.

“We still arrange site visits with students and have one coming up on June 19 where we will take a number of interested students to a site in Warner where they will see building and civil work”.

Ausbuild’s commitment to communities also goes beyond constructing homes and land.

In 2022 they introduced the Ausbuild Community Fund (Moreton Bay) Grant Program, formerly known as The Sanctuary Community Fund. This initiative embodies their dedication to fostering grassroots community development throughout the City of Moreton Bay.

It is through this initiative Ausbuild came on board to sponsor the school’s sporting teams and help them purchase a bus which allows them to get students to sporting matches and back without the need for hiring transportation.

To find out more about Ausbuild, visit the website.

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