Iona College Prepares To Welcome Students From Darling Point Special School

Darling Point Special School
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Students from Darling Point Special School will be relocated to Iona College, as the construction of its new learning facilities gets underway.

Read: Darling Point Special School To Get a Major Makeover

At the start of Term 4 2022 (3 October 2022), more than 70 students from the special school will hold classes in portable classrooms, multipurpose rooms and amenities within the premises of Iona College. 

The temporary campus, to be provided by the Queensland Government, will be fenced and will include a play area, a car park, and a separate drop off and pick up area.

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The buildings will be located near the Iona College multi-purpose basketball courts adjacent to the bus turnaround.

Iona College Manager Corporate Services, Mrs Susan Boban, confirmed that when construction is completed at the special school, the temporary buildings will be removed, and the College site will be regenerated.

The redevelopment, which has been supported by the Department of Education to keep up with the school’s rising enrolment, is estimated to be complete in 18 months.

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Plans for Darling Point Special School 

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Concept design of new Darling Point Special School learning centre (Photo credit: Queensland Government)

The school has partnered with the Queensland Government and Department of Education for the $15.86 million for the major transformation of the school. The redevelopment is known as the biggest revamp in the school’s 35-year history.

The works will include a new 15-classroom learning centre, a manual arts room, a multipurpose room, a staff collaboration room, and amenities and storage spaces.

“In recognition of a strong and longstanding relationship that exists between the two schools, Iona College will support the much-needed upgrade by providing the green space required for the temporary relocation,” Iona College announced.

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“This relocation is necessary as the Darling Point Special School site is not large enough to accommodate temporary buildings.”

In respose, Darling Point Special School principal Charmaine Driver acknowledged the insight and generosity of Iona College rector Fr Michael Twigg, the college principal Trevor Goodwin, and the college board.