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New STEAM Centre to be built at Katherine High School

New STEAM Centre to be built at Katherine High School

The new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Centre at Katherine High School is set to become a reality, with M+J Builders securing the $15.4 million contract for its construction.

The project aims to deliver a mix of upgrades to existing facilities and the construction of new areas, providing a contemporary and high-quality educational environment tailored to the needs of students, educators and the school community.

Works will include the construction of new modern, purpose-built classrooms and art and music studios with a tiered performance space, enhancing the STEAM learning experience for students.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Eva Lawler stressed that all children, no matter where they live, should have access to high-quality education. “We are investing in our Territory students – our future workforce, with the skills for the jobs of the future,” said Minister Lawler. “STEAM Centres are popular amongst students as they provide innovative education opportunities with a focus on employment skills.”

“This centre will go a long way in delivering engaging education for secondary students in the Big Rivers region and we know it will be welcomed by students and educators.”

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The project is expected to provide students in the Katherine region with a world-class learning facility and support local jobs and contractors during its construction. It will be the fifth STEAM facility commissioned by the Northern Territory Government since 2016.

Katherine High School principal Nick Lovering said: “The Katherine High School community welcomes this announcement and is excited by the prospect of beginning the build.”

“We are committed to making Katherine High the eminent school in the Big Rivers region and the addition of world class facilities ensures that every student will have every opportunity to exceed their potential.

“Our students and staff are uniquely placed to ensure that when the STEAM centre is completed, Katherine High School will be the prominent education facility in the region that will prepare learners for a diverse range of industries and the jobs of tomorrow.”

As the only Northern Territory Government secondary school in Katherine, the high school plays a crucial role in serving the entire Big Rivers region.

Construction is slated to commence in the first quarter of 2024.

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