Work begins on Gold Coast’s newest Special Assistance School

Construction is officially underway at the Gold Coast’s newest Special Assistance School, Arcadia College at Robina.

Federal Member for McPherson Karen Andrews joined Board Chair of Arcadia College Trina Hockley and Alder Constructions General Manager Dean Cheffers to break ground at the site this morning.

The $11.4 million private education facility, located at Centreline Place, is an expansion of the secondary school’s Varsity Lakes campus which currently works with students who have faced personal hardship and difficulties.


The new campus consists of a three level multi-purpose educational building, featuring progressive learning and recreation facilities, as well as a youth hub.

Board Chair of Arcadia College Trina Hockley, Alder Constructions Senior Project Manager Rob Yates, and Karen Andrews MP.

Minister Andrews says it will increase the school’s capacity to 300 students.

“It will house classrooms for years 7 to 12 as well as a student wellbeing centre, an IT hub and multipurpose basketball court,” Minister Andrews said.

“This is a terrific addition to the southern Gold Coast, as many of the students enrolled at Arcadia College have faced personal hardship, but find their lives transformed through the school’s inclusive environment.”

Board Chair of Arcadia College Trina Hockley said the new school and youth hub will create a holistic approach to the traditional education curriculum.

“The design is different from your traditional school; this futuristic learning environment will promote creativity while fostering inclusion and wellbeing,” Ms Hockley said.

“The rooms are fitted with kitchens where students prepare and share meals in a collaborative setting, because supporting our students with quality meals nutrition is critical for health and concentration,”

A basketball court, indoor rock climbing, gym and recreational centre where students can participate in yoga, drama or Pilates will be among the exciting facilities at the school.

Gold Coast-based Alder Constructions was awarded the building contract, with the company’s General Manager Dean Cheffers revealing he was proud to be involved in the project.

“Arcadia is a one-of-a-kind future focused education facility designed to encourage student creativity, collaboration, nutrition and overall wellbeing,” he said.