PRINCIPAL of the Cannonvale State School, Angie Kelly, flanked by politicians cut the ribbon and officially opened the new $5 million junior learning centre today.
Coinciding with the annual school fete the opening bought out politicians spanning the political divide including Police Minister Mark Ryan.
“It is wonderful that the school community decided to go ahead with today’s official opening and annual fete to celebrate its resilience and survival,” Mr Ryan said.
“During the cyclone, rooms were flooded, falling trees collapsed classroom roofs, fences were torn down, windows were blown out and smashed by flying debris and half the school had to be re-carpeted due to water damage.”
Ms Kelly said the opening of the new facility was originally planned for the first day of school in 2017.
“We tried really hard but it was just too hard to have 120 prep students starting school for the first time and an official building opening,” she said.
Finally, after the planning, the grant application process, the construction and cleaning up after the cyclone, Ms Kelly said today’s official opening was like icing on her cake.
“The biggest thing for me is … it almost upgrades our whole facility, that is the feeling.”
“We don’t just have this amazing new building, in tandem we have had upgrades to other blocks, the whole place the facilities are pretty extraordinary, I think.”
Ms Kelly said the focus of the school will now be preparing for stages two and three of the…
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