Carinity Education Shalom is expanding, with student numbers having more than tripled since the school opened in 2019. Newly renovated buildings officially opened on August 18 are helping the school keep up with increasing enrolments.
The renovated secondary school science centre and general learning areas are helping to accommodate rapid expansion of the school, whose student population has increased by 23% over the past year.
The $2.15 million building project has been jointly funded by Carinity and the Queensland Independent Schools Block Grant Authority, an Australian Government capital assistance scheme.
Executive Manager of Carinity Educational Services, Christine Hill, said as well as refurbished classroom spaces, the upgraded facilities include three withdrawal rooms, a teachers’ work room and storeroom.
Three covered outdoor learning areas have also been constructed and classroom furniture and equipment supplied.
“Our investment in these upgraded facilities provides solid evidence that Carinity Education places a high value in the development of young people in the greater Townsville area,” Christine said.
“With around 95% of its students identifying as First Nations Australians, Carinity Education Shalom provides a culturally sensitive and supportive learning environment for young people.”
Principal Sharyn Ive said the school is a valued space in Townsville, especially for the city’s First Nations community.
“Our school’s vision is to create a community where students are loved, accepted and supported to reach their full potential. All the staff know each child by name, and our priority is to maintain a culturally safe, secure environment where all children experience belonging,” Sharyn said.
“Our approach to teaching ensures our students are learning in a supportive environment, meeting the cultural, emotional and spiritual needs each of individual child.”