From left, Teacher Tamasine Collins, year 11 Japanese students Marijke Vaughan and Katie Graham and teacher Angela Teramoto at Ipswich State High School’s Asian Learning Centre.
From left, Teacher Tamasine Collins, year 11 Japanese students Marijke Vaughan and Katie Graham and teacher Angela Teramoto at Ipswich State High School’s Asian Learning Centre. Sarah Harvey

Asian centre has latest technology

A NEW, $2.17 million, state-of-the-art, Asian Learning Centre was officially opened at Ipswich State High School yesterday.

Although the building has only just opened, word of what the centre will contain and the high-tech nature of the classes has already seen some Japanese classes double in number.

And it’s not hard to see why – with flash new classrooms, a large kitchen for learning Asian cuisine and a room with a sprung floor for dancing or martial arts.

When you add in some students will be using iPads as a learning tool, it equates to classes sure to draw in tech-savvy teens.

The centre was opened by school officials with Ipswich politicians Wayne Wendt and Shayne Neumann in attendance along with the cultural attache for the Japanese consulate, Kenjiro Mori.

Principal Simon Riley said he was pleased the centre had already enrolled more students than in previous years. “I think the investment in the technology has already had an impact,” he said.

Japanese teacher Angela Teramoto said the students were keen to get in and give the new facilities a turn.

“The centre will help students and we’re really looking forward to starting,” she said.

Blair MP Shayne Neumann said the Building the Education Revolution-funded project marked an exciting phase for the school.

“To see these new buildings funded, planned and constructed in less than 12 months is a credit to the school community and to our local tradespeople,” he said.



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