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Monday, 20 August 2018
Page: 7870


Mr VAN MANEN (FordeGovernment Whip) (16:36): I'd like to take this opportunity to commend Coomera Anglican College on the official opening of their new future-focused resource centre. Dubbed 'The Pod', this new centre is designed to take learning out of the traditional classroom, with robotics, interactive touch-screen displays, 3D printing, writable walls and an indoor drone flying space, as well as a 360-degree 'Imaginarium'. I had the pleasure of attending the official opening recently. After touring the centre and experiencing the Imaginarium for myself, I can say without a doubt: this new facility will inspire the imagination and dreams of the next generation of students. To be able to immerse yourself in another world, to see actual footage of the surface of Mars or to explore the Australian outback from the comfort of your school introduces students to a whole new way of thinking, interacting and learning. I'd like to congratulate Principal Dr Mark Sly on bringing future learning to Coomera Anglican College and taking student learning literally out of this world. The parents, students and the wider school community will be so blessed and impressed with The Pod that I have no doubt it will set an example for learning environments right across the country. Well done to everybody at Coomera Anglican College.