Baringa State Primary School opened its doors for the very first time on the 22nd of January 2018. Staff, students and families were welcomed into the new school located in Caloundra’s new Aura Estate, full of smiles and eagerness upon entering their classrooms.
The day marked a milestone in the history of the school and also the history of BFX Furniture, being the first STEM School of Excellence we have fitted-out.
From the very beginning Baringa State Primary School’s Foundation Principal Noel Baggs, who brings with him a wealth of experience from his previous role as Deputy Principal at Currimundi State School for 25 years, said he welcomed the challenge of opening the new school.
“I’m very excited to set up a new school with a point of difference being STEM education,” he said.
“It will be challenging to work in a school that is so digitally rich and also having such capacity, through these resources, to respond to the natural curiosity of our students.
“That curiosity is itself something to celebrate, and along with all our staff, I am looking forward to meeting this challenge.”
“One of the most exciting features of the school is that will it be truly state-of-the-art, with 55-inch LED touch-screen interactive televisions being a standard feature in classrooms.”
“It will also boast a discovery centre which will include library facilities along with coding and robotics work areas.”
“The school will also have flexible learning spaces, robotics laboratories, plus a sound and recording studio as well as innovation hubs attached to many classrooms.”
BFX Furniture was proud to play a part in fitting-out the $34 million-dollar Prep to Year 6 school with state-of-the-art education furniture including two Oodle STEM Tables that will become integral in the school’s coding and robotics programs.
BFX Project Manager, John Gill, worked closely with Principal, Noel Baggs, over the course of 4 months, from the initial consultation and space planning to furniture and colour section, the vision for the school’s interiors came to life.
The project culminated in the delivery, installation and expert placement of the furniture in;
- 16 Classrooms
- The Robotics Lab
- Admin Offices
- Library Resource Centre
- Science Labs
- Cooking Classrooms
- Music Rooms
- & The Multi-Purpose Hall
“75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations require STEM skills. Our focus on STEM will help to ensure that every Queensland student can succeed in our changing world.” – Kate Jones MP Minister for Education
The $400K fit-out resulted in a series of flexible, modern and amenity-rich educational environments for students and teachers. The project was completed within budget and in time for the school’s opening.
From the first day of school, teachers and parents have expressed nothing but glowing feedback. The students are thriving in their new classrooms, and they enjoy being able to participate in hands-on STEM activities every day.
The Future of STEM in QLD Schools
“[Baringa State Primary School] forms part of a wider $118 million investment enabling the construction of three schools in Queensland’s southeast corner, all of which will open next year.”
“The other two schools are at Yarrabilba in Logan City and Coomera on the Gold Coast.”
The Queensland Government’s strategy for advancing STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) in all major schools across the state involves 116 state primary and high schools, including some clusters of schools, receiving funding towards their coding, robotics and entrepreneurial programs. This funding aims to provide opportunities for students to problem solve and create innovative digital solutions for the future.
The schools or cluster of schools each receive or share in a $16,600 grant to nurture the next generation of digital entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurial skills are essential to drive innovation, productivity and global awareness.
Baringa State Primary School represents the exciting shift happening in Queensland schools, and the growth of young people entering STEM-related fields in the workforce. With over 470 students enrolled and an expected peak of 1100 students within 5-8 years. We can only expect great things to come from these emerging STEM schools.
Queensland Government (2017) ‘Baringa State Primary School ready to open in 2018’, Media Statement, Premier and Minister for the Arts, The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk, Minister for Education, The Honourable Kate Jones, Released Monday 16th October 2017. Retrieved from <http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2017/10/16/baringa-state-primary-school-ready-to-open-in-2018>