$9,145,804 spent on prepping St Edmund's for Year 7s
THE pending arrival of 195 year 7 students will boost the population of St Edmund's College well beyond anything it has seen before.
Years of planning has gone into the transition, which will take effect at schools across Ipswich at the start of 2015, and St Edmund's is no exception.
The Catholic secondary school yesterday celebrated the opening of new classrooms that will accommodate the fresh arrivals.
Housing everything from hospitality to media, drama and science laboratories, the facilities effectively provide the school with an additional eight classrooms.
Principal Chris Leadbetter said new buildings and additional students weren't the only changes.
"We will employ another 20 teachers and school officers and we've got another two pastoral care houses," Mr Leadbetter said.
"The arrival of the year 7s has also brought about a change in our leadership structure.
"It has taken a lot of planning. We still put a big focus on literacy and numeracy, but students as young as 12 will be able start trying elective subjects on focussing on what they are good at."
Senator Barry O'Sullivan attended the opening, paying credit to the state and federal governments for contributing to the total project cost of $9,145,804.
The college community itself contributed the largest chunk - $5,570,111. The Federal Government provided just under $1.5 million and the State Government chipped in just over $2 million.
The new classrooms have been built on a site previously occupied by two double storey blocks and a quadrangle. The old quadrangle has been preserved and incorporated into the new design.