BIG changes have been in the pipeline for some time at Kapunda High School and now, following the recent announcement of a $690 million State Government investment into South Australian education infrastructure, those plans are set to become a reality.
The school will receive a $10 million share from the government’s Building Better Schools program and, in addition to a $2 million investment already secured earlier this year, will embark on one of its biggest infrastructure upgrades yet.
Principal Kristen Masters said the entire school community was excited to hear about the funding and is already putting forward ideas on how to spend it.
“With the growth of areas such as Freeling and Roseworthy, we are anticipating by four to five years down the track we will have about 560 students and, at the moment, for the enrolments (of 500) we have, we need more buildings,” Ms Masters said.
“We’ve got this wonderful building here, Eringa, but behind it, it has masked a lot of very aged buildings and so it will be very exciting to look to get rid of some of those that are perhaps older than I am.”
Earlier this year the school was told it would receive $2 million from the State Government to help it manage its at-capacity enrolments, resulting in plans for a contemporary new learning space that would combine traditional and digital technologies.
Ms Masters worked with an architect around some ‘big picture’ plans for the school and now, given the secured $10 million, will again revisit the ideas and develop a priority list.
Projects being flagged include additional general classrooms, new changerooms and storage for the gym, an updated senior school area incorporating smaller class options), and a new home economics centre.
Ms Masters said there are also plans for a new consolidated arts space.
“Art, drama and music are all in areas that were general spaces that have been adapted to make them more specialist areas, but they are in three different parts of the school and, in most cases, on the small size,” she said.
“We have a strong music program, but there are no little breakout spaces for students, so students have to go out on verandahs to practise their instruments, which is fine in summer, but not so good in winter.
“An up-to-date arts centre will brings those three areas together and provide the opportunity for kids to work collaboratively.”
In total, 91 SA primary and secondary schools will receive a share in the $690 million funding, in order to improve and refurbish their infrastructure and expand their capacity.