Ground-breaking work has begun on the Gold Coast’s newest Special Assistance School, Arcadia College in Robina.
The $11.4 million private education facility is an expansion of the secondary school’s Varsity Lakes campus, and will be located at Centreline Place in Robina.
Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews MP, said the new 3,000sqm building will increase the school’s capacity to 300.
“The new three level multi-purpose educational building will house classrooms for years 7 to 12 as well as a student wellbeing centre, an IT hub and multipurpose basketball court,” Minister Andrews said.
“This is a terrific addition to the southern Gold Coast, as many of the students enrolled at Arcadia College have faced personal hardship, but find their lives transformed through the school’s inclusive environment.
“That is why the Federal Government has contributed $4.2 million in capital funding to this project.”
Board Chair of Arcadia College Trina Hockley said the new school and youth hub will create a holistic approach to the traditional education curriculum.
“The rooms are fitted with kitchens where students prepare and share meals in a collaborative setting, because supporting our students with quality meals nutrition is critical for health and concentration,” Ms Hockley said.
“Exercise has proven key in keeping student’s physically and mentally healthy. That is why we have incorporated a basketball court, indoor rock climbing, gym and recreational centre where students can participate in yoga, drama or Pilates,” she added.
Minister Andrews also congratulated Gold Coast-based Alder Constructions on securing the contract, and local firm Burling Brown Architects for ensuring Arcadia’s unique, future focused education style was reflected in the design.
“Supporting our students by creating a futuristic learning environment, quality meals, exercise space and wellbeing support is vital if we’re to foster inclusion and collaboration.”