Five Islands Secondary College was built in 1962 and is a significant landmark in the Port Kembla area. The school hall is used by 39 different community groups. It is currently painted a bright blue, which does not blend well with the natural environment surrounding the school grounds, so this project will see it getting a much-needed external makeover.
The school has received a grant of $200,959 for a complete refurbishment of the building’s exterior. This will include replacing the roof and repairing areas affected by concrete cancer before the building is re-clad and painted. New spotlighting will be installed and the balustrades to the main school building will be replaced. The project is being coordinated by the Department of Education and Community’s Asset Management team and works will take place in the latter half of 2017.
An integral part of Five Islands Secondary College’s strategic direction is to build long-lasting partnerships with the local community, by working collaboratively with community members to increase the sense of belonging and pride among students, staff, parents, caregivers and the local community. Improving the amenity of the buildings within the school grounds will greatly enhance this process and ensure that already existing partnerships continue, as well as attracting greater community usage and new school enrolments.