Narangba Valley State High School students are practising tranquillity and simplicity, utilising their multi-million dollar BER funding to create a Japanese language learning centre, featuring it's very own Zen garden.
School principal Ross Mackay said students and staff were ecstatic about their $1,970,000 Science and Language Centre, incorporating the school's knowledge and learnings of Japan during the facilities design and construction phase.
Principal Mackay said the Cultural Consulate for the Consulate General of Japan in Brisbane, Kenjiro Mori, along with traditional drummers who welcomed guests at the school's official BER opening on November 1.
"With Japanese taught at our school, we will be utilising the SLC building to link primary and high school with the University of Queensland," he said.
"This building has really been the catalyst to help us achieve this link between the high school and UQ. It is anticipated that innovative learning opportunities will arise with the support of the University. Also it is anticipated that students may be able to consider accelerated learning programs at the University itself.
"We are really happy with the outcome which we have achieved as a result of the BER project and will provide the foundation for Academy programs in Japanese and French for primary as well as secondary students."
The SLC building also features a language/Zen garden at the rear of the facility.
The Zen garden will be used as a cultural, social language tool for students and provides small breakout areas in an environment conducive to the achievement of quality learning outcomes.