Park Ridge State High School’s new Innovation Centre was officially opened on Wednesday 5 August 2020 by the Minister for Education, the Hon. Grace Grace MP and Linus Power, member for Logan.
The new centre, named ‘The Critical Thinking Space,’ includes 12 flexible learning classrooms, 2 science and robotics laboratories as well as 2 staff rooms and a collaboration space that will support learning for 300 students and 15 staff.
The Minister for Education, Hon. Grace Grace MP said at the opening ceremony the ‘future focused’ design of the building will provide new and exciting opportunities for Park Ridge State High School students.
“These facilities are giving students access to cutting-edge technology, arming them with the skills they need for the jobs of the future.”
Executive Principal Sharon Amos described the addition of the $6.4 million facility as an investment that exposes students to new ways of thinking, which are focused on the 21st century skills that employers are calling for.
“With so much change happening in the world today, schools need to provide a versatile education so students can meet challenges head on and succeed.
“The school has invested significantly in recent years to upgrade facilities, transition to digital classrooms, enhancing support for students and by training staff in new research-based teaching methods so we can prepare students for a rapidly changing world.”
The Critical Thinking Space is the largest infrastructure project completed at the school since the original opening of the school in 1991, but it may not hold the title for long.
Park Ridge State High school is now at record student numbers with over 1,500 students in 2020, up from just 958 in in 2014. As the surrounding population skyrockets, Ms Amos says the school will need to construct more facilities to keep up with demand and students in the area will benefit for years to come.