August 6, 2013
The $1.27 million Performing Arts Block at Kingaroy State High School was officially opened today in a ceremony in front of students and invited guests.
The block is Stage 1 of the proposed Kingaroy Performing Arts Centre.
Mrs Lesley Case, the widow of the school’s first instrumental music teacher Laurie Case, unveiled the opening plaque.
She also presented the school with a hand-made wooden “Case baton”, a craft that her husband learned while at Kingaroy State High School.
Principal David Ballin also paid tribute to Mr Case, who died in Brisbane late last year.
The instrumental music practice room in the new building will be named in his memory.
P&C president Debbie Jackson told the assembly the building was the culmination of years of meetings, planning and fundraising.
She said it would be a major asset for the school and the community, and she was pleased that the project had been completed “debt-free”.
Funding came from Education Queensland ($512,000), Kingaroy State High School ($160,000), South Burnett Regional Council ($42,500), Stanwell’s Community Partnership Fund ($35,000), KSHS Student Council ($2500), KSHS P&C ($507,712) and other donations ($19,035).
But she reminded everyone the job was only “half done” as Stage 2, which will consist of a performance area, a multi-use exhibition space and a coffee shop, was still to be built.
“We have reached the base camp of Everest but we still have the summit to ascend,” she said.
“But working together everything is possible.”
The ceremony also included performances from the school’s vocal group, stage band and concert band, Dance Krew dancers, and the Year 12 drama and dance classes.
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