YOUR STORY: New cafe, kitchen for kids at Aldridge High
Term two will start with a bang for staff and students at Aldridge State High School - the bang of hammers on nails that is.
This school term will see the completion of three major facility works totaling over $650,000 at the school.
Students will be cooking up a storm in the refurbished hospitality area thanks to a $358,000 overhaul with the help of funding from Education Queensland.
Works will include upgrades to the current facilities including state of the art stainless steel kitchen, walk in freezer and a number of gas ovens.
This project will also include a small cafe area for students studying hospitality to enhance their hands on experience and master their barista, food handling and customer service skills.
Principal, Mr Ross Higgins said that the new facility will allow students to learn in an industry standard environment making their transition to future employment smoother.
"Our second area nearing completion is the undercover sports arena with the placement of a playing surface to include volleyball, basketball and futsal," he said.
"This will make it a valuable asset to not only the school, but the wider Maryborough sporting community."
"The latest works involved connecting power to the structure, lighting, storage shed and nets around the walls. The project is valued at over $300,000 with around $130,000 of this coming from school funds."
"Our final project currently underway is the repair of our swimming pool. This has been a valuable asset to our community, but a leak was identified late last year. We have held off on repair works until the winter months due to the heavy usage seen over terms one and four."
The completion of these facilities cements the commitment to the continuous improvement of the learning environment at Aldridge State High School.