Jennifer Howard MP with Silkstone State School principal Michael Sawbridge and students Eli Salisbury, Kiara Hardingham and Piper Brown.
Jennifer Howard MP with Silkstone State School principal Michael Sawbridge and students Eli Salisbury, Kiara Hardingham and Piper Brown.

Airconditioning boost brings cool change for Ipswich schools

TEMPERATURES in an additional 23 state school classrooms in Ipswich are set to drop, with the State Government supercharging its school airconditioning program.

Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard said $50 million had been fast-tracked, giving hundreds of schools the opportunity to start airconditioning their classrooms over the summer school holidays.

"We've got climate change, the temperatures are getting hotter, everyone knows that," she said.

"The teachers tell me that if the classroom is hot, it's much harder for them to get the kids to concentrate."

Silkstone State School Principal Michael Sawbridge said cooler classrooms would make a world of difference to students and staff.

"The classrooms in the school have been getting really, really hot over the past few summers and it's very uncomfortable for kids, the teachers and teacher aides as well, from a learning perspective, but also really importantly from a wellbeing perspective." he said.

"On those hot days that we have, in those classrooms that aren't airconditioned, you can see the kids get very tired very quickly and it's very difficult to sustain productive learning throughout the entire school day."

The full list of the schools set to receive airconditioning can be found on the Department of Education's website.

Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said Labor was cherrypicking schools and promised the LNP would provide airconditioning to every state school if they win the next election, costing a total of $1.5 billion.

Full list of local schools to be airconditioned:

- Amberley District State School

- Aratula State School

- Augusta State School

- Bellbird Park State Secondary College

- Blenheim State School

- Boonah State High School

- Boonah State School

- Brassall State School

- Bremer State High School

- Bundamba State School

- Bundamba State Secondary College

- Camira State School

- Collingwood Park State School

- Darra State School

- Deebing Heights State School

- Fernbrooke State School

- Gatton State School

- Glamorgan Vale State School

- Goodna Special School

- Goodna State School

- Grandchester State School

- Grantham State School

- Hatton Vale State School

- Ipswich Central State School

- Ipswich East State School

- Ipswich North State School

- Ipswich Special School

- Ipswich State High School

- Kalbar State School

- Laidley District State School

- Laidley State High School

- Leichhardt State School

- Lockrose State School

- Lockyer District State High School

- Lowood State High School

- Lowood State School

- Minden State School

- Mount Alford State School

- Murphy's Creek State School

- Mutdapilly State School

- Raceview State School

- Rathdowney State School

- Redbank Plains State High School

- Redbank Plains State School

- Riverview State School

- Rosewood State High School

- Rosewood State School

- Silkstone State School

- Springfield Central State High School

- Springfield Central State School

- Springfield Lakes State School

- Tarampa State School

- Toogoolawah State High School

- Toogoolawah State School

- Warrill View State School

- Withcott State School

- Woodlinks State School