All schools set to open
ALL state primary and high schools in Ipswich will be open on Monday, including the new $73 million Bremer State High School campus on Warwick Road.
Bundamba and Brassall state schools were among the hardest hit by Ipswich’s floods and while some damage is still to be repaired, staff and students will be able to start the school year safely.
Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson was in Ipswich yesterday to check out Bremer High.
Mr Wilson said the school was an exceptional facility, due to its closeness to the University of Queensland, Ipswich.
“I am very excited to see world-class facilities right here in Ipswich,” Mr Wilson said.
“I love the connection with the uni campus next door as it builds the expectation among students that it’s normal and natural to continue with study after high school.
“This is seamless education in action.”
Member for Ipswich Rachel Nolan said the new campus was “undoubtedly the best school in Ipswich”.
“We are thrilled as it’s taken many years of lobbying to get the go ahead here,” Ms Nolan said.
Principal Bruce Saxby said the campus could accommodate up to 1600 students.
“Wireless technology throughout the whole school will allow students to connect to university facilities at any time,” Mr Saxby said.
School captain Samantha White, 16, said having a completely new school was exciting.
Her co-captain Jahmayne Coolwell, also 16, said being next to the university would create a whole new learning environment for all students.