Gold Coast’s newest school ready to welcome first students

The Gold Coast’s newest state school is getting ready to welcome its first students.

The $59.6 million Gainsborough State Primary School at Pimpama will welcome 217 students from Prep to Year 6 and their teachers for the opening day of the 2021 school year on Wednesday.

Member for Gaven, Meaghan Scanlon, visited the site on Monday morning for a preview before the doors are officially opened.


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She said building Gainsborough State School alone had supported about 180 full-time jobs across the life of the project.

“And now this new school will provide world-class education services to the northern end of the Gold Coast and the fast-growing Pimpama area, where the population has increased by more than 20 per cent every year since 2012,” Ms Scanlon said.

The new school includes admin and corporate services facilities, prep and general learning centres, a specialist science, technology, engineering, art, maths and music centre, a central covered area, library, canteen, sports oval, staff and student amenities and a multi-purpose hall.

Foundation principal Clay McCann said the school community was very excited to welcome its first students and was looking forward to a successful year of learning.

“We’ve put a lot of work into our enrolment process, meeting with each child and their parents to make sure we understand their needs,” Mr McCann said.

“Our interim P&C has already met and had input into our plans for the year.

“And we have been working extensively with the other state schools and early childhood centres in the area to further develop the strong education precinct here in Pimpama.

“Our early childhood teachers have also been making connections with our 2021 Prep cohort to support their successful transition to a school environment.”

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And keeping Yawalpah road at 1 lane each way through that area with a bus stop thrown in will create a massive backlog of traffic on a daily basis. Why was the road not made 2 lanes wide all the way through? The infrastructure was already in place from the new school all the way through to Kerkin Road. All it needed was sealing.