School makes most of funding
SILKSTONE State School's new hall is bigger and better than ever - more than four times larger and improved by a life skills learning area and new stage, to be precise.
As well as the hall, Silkstone State School used its $3.7 million share of Federal Government Building the Education Revolution funding to refurbish classrooms and build a new covered outdoor play area.
Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann attended the school opening and praised the 1000-person capacity hall and large outdoor area.
"The multi-purpose hall provides one central place where the whole school, comprising around 820 students, can finally meet together," Mr Neumann said.
"The new covered area means students can play in a sun safe environment, enjoy outdoor classes and get to the canteen even when it's raining.
"All of these facilities give students and teachers more flexibility - PE classes and sport can be undertaken regardless of the weather, and school produc
tions can take place on site, rather than hiring other premises."
Mr Neumann said the hall's life skills area would provide students with an opportunity to learn how to cook and clean up, wash clothes and use a clothes dryer.
"While it is unfortunate that some children require these skills, I applaud Silkstone State School for taking the initiative and ensuring the new facilities give them the scope to provide this service," Mr Neumann said.
The multi-purpose hall is also used every Friday morning for the school's breakfast club.
It is named after the school's longest-serving principal, Charles Kinne, who spent 27 years at the helm from 1947 to 1974.