Kids, Parents Invited to Explore New Compass Independent School in Kelvin Grove

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Did you know that a new primary school is preparing to open in Kelvin Grove? Compass Independent School offers a unique learning journey for the children as they navigate their daily interactions.

The staff and administration of Compass Independent School have begun moving into their new home in Kelvin Grove, within the QUT Creative Industries Precinct and are awaiting their Non-State Schools Accreditation Board approval. 

Intentionally designed to have a small but multi-age class, the Kelvin Grove site will open in January 2023. For the first year, Compass Independent School has only one class for Prep to Year 5 kids but the school plans to expand to two or three classes as the community grows.

The class will have dedicated teaching teams to help the children discover their potential, skills and habits. The teachers are also trained to impart values like fairness, respect, open-mindedness and self-worth. 

The lessons will follow the Australian Curriculum whilst allowing the children to inquire, create and collaborate. Kids will learn at their comfort level and enjoy the magic of play.

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Founder and Teaching Principal, Alicia Gilbert, will conduct family tours for those considering to enrol their children. She will explain the programs and learning spaces, as well as answer the parents’ questions about the new school. The children are enjoined to be with their parents so they can have a first-hand experience of what the school offers.

Principal Tours Schedule

12 October 2022
12:00 noon
5:30 p.m.
15 October 2022
10:00 a.m.
12:00 noon

For those unable to attend a Principal tour, call 0491 737 352 for alternative schedules. Enrolment opening date will be announced on the official site.

Why Did a Popular Kelvin Grove Asian Supermarket Close?

Patrons of a popular Asian supermarket in Kelvin Grove have lost their go-to shop for tofu and instant noodles following the closure of Universal Asian Supermarket on Musk Avenue.

Located within the Universal Plaza, the store was a frequent stop for international students from the nearby QUT Kelvin Grove campus. Sales have apparently dropped due to the pandemic lockdown and travel restrictions that saw a decrease in the number of foreign students living in the area.  

The Australian Bureau of Statistics cited that the arrival of foreign students in the country dropped to an astounding 99 percent in January 2021 compared to January 2020 since borders were completely shut down. 

Thus, in early April 2021, the Kelvin Grove Asian supermarket permanently closed its doors. The South Bank outlet followed a few weeks later, citing the impact of COVID-19.

Concerned locals, however, left a sign on the door of the Kelvin Grove store indicating that, aside from the economic impact of COVID-19, the owner had a dispute with his landlord and also failed to address customer complaints about the loyalty system.

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The owner of the supermarket has yet to address the allegations. The store’s official website is still live with a simple message saying that it will be back.

According to a retail expert, Universal Asian Supermarket had the best location in the QUT precinct and it specifically catered to a niche market. However, since the number of Asian students is down to zero, it’s not surprising that the business had to close. 

This also highlights how some niche markets are vulnerable to the changing economy brought on by the pandemic. Businesses around universities, which used to benefit from a lot of foot traffic, are currently challenged by the pandemic restrictions. 

Concern Grows About Overcrowded Classrooms at Kelvin Grove State College

Kelvin Grove State College has exceeded its target class size for 2020. The school is one of over a hundred other schools that have gone beyond their class size and enrolment capacity, in the midst of an increasing concern about overcrowded classrooms in schools.

State schools across Queensland must ideally have a maximum of 25 students in each classroom for Prep to Year 3 and Year 11 to 12, whilst Years 4 to 10 classes must have a maximum of 28 students, per the Queensland Teachers’ Union. However, about 98 percent of state school secondary classes in Queensland have reached these maximum numbers and 94 percent are at capacity for primary state schools. 

Kelvin Grove State College exceeded its capacity by three students in a class.

Classroom overcrowding isn’t a new problem in Queensland but it has become the norm based on these target numbers. Queensland Teachers’ Union believes that extra students in one class must be applicable only in “exceptional circumstance is described as ‘rare, unusual, atypical or unexpected.'”

Overcrowding can result in poor performances in students as teachers become overstretched to facilitate person-to-person direction due to the extra work. 

According to the Education Department, the ideal class size targets are not a ceiling but a guide for the principals. Some classes might have extra students to keep all children in the same year levels together. 

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To help with the overcrowding at Kelvin Grove State College, the State Government opened Fortitude Valley State Secondary College in September 2020 to 150 students. Its population is expected to increase to 1,500 in five years, upon the completion of the senior building section and the sports centre.

This is the first new state high school to be built in the inner city in 50 years. 

“Now that Stage 1 is complete, you have two distinct and completed precincts, including the Brookes Street Precinct with a learning centre, a performing arts centre and beautiful outdoor spaces; and the recently completed St Pauls Terrace Precinct which includes a seven-storey junior learning centre with specialist and general learning areas, and a lawn,” Education Minister Grace Grace said.

“And we are all looking forward to opening Stage 2 in 2023, which will deliver a sports facility and a secondary learning precinct for Years 10 to 12. 

Council Approves First Permanent Outdoor Cinema In Kelvin Grove

McCaskie Park will officially be the home of the newest permanent outdoor cinema in Brisbane.

Despite the era of online movie streaming, Brisbanites love for the outdoors remains strong. Being a part of the state’s “Sun Corridor” and its sub-tropical climate, going out to catch the latest flick at your local movie cinema is still a thing.

Talks about its development started going around early this year and now, the Brisbane City Council has finally given it the go-signal.

Read: A Permanent Outdoor Cinema Could Be Coming To Kelvin Grove

As part of the council’s initiative to get more people at the city’s public spaces, this new development will definitely see more people out, socialising, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors the city has to offer. The best part? It’s FREE and it’s a permanent thing!

The development proposal includes a 2.7 metre x 5.4. metre screen, a small stage area, and a speaker set up. The council plans to to make it operational on weekdays and weeknights. They will also allow the area to be used by organisations and individuals.

This proposal will also highlight the natural amenity and heritage values of the park, which is a local heritage place for recreational and sporting activities. The development will retain all mature fig trees on site, existing view-lines within the park, and the existing settings of the park.

Construction is expected to start this year.

A Permanent Outdoor Cinema Could Be Coming To Kelvin Grove

Brisbane is planning to build the city’s first permanent outdoor cinema in Kelvin Grove. A development application has already been lodged by the Brisbane City Council’s City Project Office for the structure to be constructed at McCaskie Park at 137 Kelvin Grove Road.

Brissy residents have always shown great love for outdoor movies. There have been many outdoor cinema events all across the city and this just shows the locals’ appreciation for a good movie under the inky sky.

The proposal details:

  • 2.7 metre x 5.4. metre screen
  • Small stage area
  • Speaker set-up

The outdoor cinema aims to enhance the heritage values of the park as well as its usability.

The council plans to make the cinema operational on weeknights and weekdays and FREE. They will also allow the area to be used by organisations and individuals.

Other outdoor cinemas in Brisbane include the famous American Express Open Air Cinemas in South Bank. The area is close to the river making it a great spot for a movie outdoors. There is also the Moonlight Cinemas in New Farm which allows cinema-goers to tailor their movie experience to their needs plus there’s a bar onsite and a food truck.

Outdoor cinemas are a fun way to bond with your family and friends. It’s also a great date night idea. Now, with the possibility of having a permanent one here in Brisbane, living in the city will get even better.

See the development application here.