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Students at one of Coolum’s fastest-growing schools are counting down the days to the opening of their much anticipated state-of-the-art Science Centre.

The new building at Coolum Beach Christian College is supported by a $440,000 Federal Government grant and Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien turned the first sod with school captain James Machen today.

“It was my pleasure to help secure a significant grant for the College which has grown to 360 students this year, since beginning with just 35 in 2004,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The Science Centre will offer significant opportunities for science – catering to science classes from Years 7 to 10 and senior chemistry, physics and biology.

“The building, which will include a science lab and chemical store, will be fitted with the latest in science equipment. It also includes an area for art classes.

“I am proud to be part of a government that supports the education of our students by helping build modern classrooms and facilities that expand learning opportunities,” Mr O’Brien said.

Coolum Beach Christian College principal Terry Hornby said the $1.9million Science Centre included a back deck with an outdoor undercover learning area as well as a pontoon over a retention pond.

He said the facility backed onto bushland which would enable teachers to combine outdoor learning with classroom activities.

“The teachers are very excited about the learning possibilities and thrilled that they will have access to pond life and the jetty,” Mr Hornby said.

“Because of its location near the forest and pond, students can learn in a real-world, interactive natural environment.”

The steel and corrugated iron building is expected to be completed in October. Mr Hornby said it would meet the school’s sustainability principles by capturing rain water and recycling sewage and eventually would have solar panels.

“The college is really grateful to the Government for funding of $440,000 which allowed this project to occur,” Mr Hornby said.

“The college is one of the fastest-growing schools in the area and this government funding has allowed us to meet demand in a timely fashion.”

The money was awarded under the Federal Government’s Capital Grants Program to improve school infrastructure and enhance education.

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