A multi-million-dollar investment from the Queensland Government has led to the creation of 32 full-time jobs and 11 apprentices to build a new facility at Cavendish Road State High School.
The $10.8 million Performing Arts Centre was built by Bryant Building Contractors and has been officially opened by Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk, Education Minister Grace Grace, Greenslopes MP Joe Kelly and Mansfield MP Corrine McMillan.
It is part of the State Government’s $430 million 2020 Ready Program to build new classrooms and facilities.
“This new Performing Arts Centre is a wonderful creative space where students can be inspired, where dreams can be created and potentially fulfilling careers in the Arts are born,” Palaszczuk said.
Grace said the building was one of 71 facilities delivered at growing Queensland high schools for the start of the 2020 school year.
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“We’re committed to building the infrastructure our students need for a bright future,” she Grace said.
“This is on top of the $7.1 million investment by the Palaszczuk Government for a new sports centre at this school which the Member for Greenslopes Joe Kelly and I opened in September last year, supporting 21 jobs.”
The centre was named after Marjorie Godfrey, who taught maths at Cavendish Road in 1957 before working as the school’s principal from 1965 to 1981.
“Marjorie was a big supporter of the school until her recent passing in December 2019, aged 103,” Grace said.
Marjorie Godfrey’s son, John Godfrey, said he was honoured the new theatre paid tribute to his mother.
“It’s very pleasing, that a school amenity of the calibre of the theatre in Cavendish Road State High’s new Performing Arts Centre is to be named for our mother,” Godfrey said.
Cavendish Road State High School Executive Principal Richard Usher said the performing arts centre would benefit the whole school community well into the future.
“The centre includes modern technology and flexible spaces that will support learning experiences across the curriculum,” Usher said.
“It strengthens our performing arts program and enables us to grow our partnerships and collaborations with primary schools in the area which is a real bonus for the local community.”