Did you know that Darling Point Special School is about to have a major makeover?
To enable the school to keep up with rising enrollment, Darling Point Special school is up for a much-needed revamp. The school has submitted a development application to conduct a major makeover.
Funded by the state government to the tune of $15.8 million, the project aims to upgrade outdated facilities and deliver a new learning facility.
The new building will house not just new classrooms but will also include outdoor learning areas, a collaborative space for the staff, amenities, an undercroft, multi-purpose areas, and storage rooms. A new play area is also included in the redevelopment plan.
Barring any delays, the redevelopment should be completed by 2022.
Meanwhile, in May 2021, another state government-funded project for the special school was completed which delivered two new learning spaces. The first learning space was the former chillout room and bathroom while the second learning area used to be a vacant area.
In 2020-2021, with its Renewing Our Schools program, the State Government has invested a total of $1.9 billion, delivering refurbished and new learning spaces. Of the 1,254 state schools that received these funds for new learning spaces and support facilities, 45 were special schools.
About Darling Point Special School
Founded in 1958 as the Darling Point Opportunity School, the school was demolished in 1985 to give way to the construction of a new school. It then re-opened in 1986 as Darling Point Special School.
Located at 368 Upper Esplanade, Manly, the school serves the suburbs of Manly, Cannon Hill, Chandler, Gumdale, Hemmant, Lindu, Lota, Murarrie, Ransome, Thorneside, Tingalpa, Wakerly, and Wynnum, as well as parts of Bulimba, Birkdales and Wellington.
The school provides special educational programs catering to students aged 5 to 18 who have intellectual disabilities, or significant delays in cognitive and physical development.