Wavell State High School’s New Performing Arts Centre Coming Soon

Wavell State High School (SHS) students are rejoicing as the construction of the new Performing Arts Centre was announced. For the year 2017-2018, Queensland Government already released its $4.8 million budget for the construction. This is just a part of the $6 million proposed investment of the government for “Advancing Queensland Schools”.

“The Palaszczuk Government will invest $6 million to build a new performing arts hall at Wavell State High as part of our $200 million Advancing Queensland Schools funding package …Our government is determined to give every student in every school the best possible education. That means delivering the teachers, curriculum and school facilities we need to give students the best chance at success,” State MP for Nudgee Leanne Linard said.


The Anticipated Upgrade

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Wavell SHS already issued two formal calls in 2013 and 2015 for a new facility. Arts Head of Department Kate Battams also indicated that the old hall could not cater the school’s more than 1,200 arts students and 14 extra-curricular performance clubs and groups.

Now that the budget has been approved and the tender closed earlier this month, Principal Jeff Major hopes that the construction will soon commence. He is hoping for an early July kick-off, with a scheduled completion by mid-2018. To view the draft plans that the school has already prepared for the Performing Arts Centre, click here.


Importance of Performing Arts

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Involvement in the performing arts allows students’ multiple intelligences to be acknowledged and developed. The benefit to students embraces all subject disciplines, improves their communication skills, and develop self-esteem.

Aside from these benefits, students can also improve their self-expression and interpersonal skills.

“The school needs a fit-for-purpose venue to support their excellent music and performing arts programs …I’m looking forward to seeing the difference this performance hall makes to education at Wavell State High School,” Ms. Linard said.

Wavell SHS deserves this upgrade in performing arts facility to continue nurturing the students’ real talents in drama, singing, and dancing. Check out their website and Facebook page for updates.