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A Sunshine Coast high school with almost 1500 students has officially opened its new two-storey learning centre.

The new centre at Coolum State High School has been named Gagal-Gira, which is taken from the local Indigenous word for ‘shining light’.

It features six new learning spaces and four music spaces, as well as a breakout space, staff work spaces, amenities, a lift and an undercroft with capacity for future infill.

An extension of the existing administration building has also been completed and includes a conference room, offices, visiting specialist rooms, a kitchenette and meeting rooms.

An outdoor covered area for seating and learning, as well as the relocation of two tennis courts and the resurfacing of the existing school tennis courts, has also been delivered.

In total the state government has invested $20 million in capital works at the school.

“We are all delighted with the outcome of this new building and renovation project,” principal Troy Ascott said.

Education Minister Grace Grace and Coolum State High School principal Troy Ascott.

“Since it was completed, our school has enjoyed these new spaces and enhanced facilities.

“Our most over-riding feeling is one of gratitude for this project – we know we have something special in Gagal-Gira.”

Education Minister Grace Grace officially opened the facilities last week, saying they would benefit staff and students.

“The new Gagal-Gira learning centre is an important addition to the school’s facilities and will be a fantastic new asset for the school community,” she said.

“This project supported an average of 13 full-time jobs over four years and also gave around 30 apprentices important construction experience.

Member for Nicklin Rob Skelton also commended the new spaces.

“This new learning centre at Coolum State High School will help to cater for future growth in the local community and the new facilities will be enjoyed for years to come,” he said.

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