Rockhampton school’s mega fitness centre plans revealed
A NEW intake of Year Seven students won't be the only thing Emmaus College will be welcoming in the new year with a brand new fitness centre on the cards.
The local high school's new fitness complex, which has been in the pipeline for the last 12 months, will be located between the school's already existing basketball courts and swimming pool, making the area of the school a giant fitness hub.
The school's sport development officer Justen Parle said the new facility was all about creating a space where children could better their physical education.
"It's all about giving each student the opportunity at school," he said.
"We're really lucky here with our resources and it's great that students come here and be educated not only in the classroom but outside the classroom as well. We've got a massive sports program here and it's important that the students are getting trained properly by trained professionals and giving them the space they need is something we're really looking forward to."
Construction of the estimated $1.2m centre, which includes three main learning spaces, is expected to begin in the middle of the year.
Emmaus College principal Eamon Hannan said with 1350 students in over six year levels, the resources were in demand.
"Sporting groups from Years seven to 12 will be able to use this excellent resource as part of their training regimes, but it will also be consistent with the Emmaus College classroom experience, exhibiting modern, responsive and practical resources," Mr Hannan said.
"For example, our senior students undertaking vocational courses such as the Certificate III in Fitness will now have access to more specialised areas to develop their skills to their fullest potential.
"The Centre will further opportunities for our growing student community to develop their confidence, learn new skills and experience success."
The centre will provide separate areas for low and high risk activity, along with access to the undercover Dome and the pool.