A new Resources Centre worth $430,940 has been opened at Sunrise Christian School and blends a number of modern facilities designed to promote diverse learning together.
The building, which was partly funded through a $100,000 Capital Grants Program grant from the federal government, was officially opened by Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey at an assembly on Tuesday.
It serves as a home for the school's Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) program but is also a classroom, a library and a music room all in one.
Principal Henry Engelbrecht said the multi-purpose facility afforded plenty of space for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities.
"We had a STEM activity in there the other day where we flew little indoor drones around the place," he said.
"Students really enjoy this area, it's also a great place for them to relax on the furniture and have a read."
The Resources Centre features a modern design which distances it from a traditional classroom. Bookcases line the walls, a curvy lounge/reading area splits the centre of the room and a stage for music performance houses a drum kit.
Mr Engelbrecht said the space would be utilised for practice ahead of school musicals throughout the year.
"We have a projector in there as well that we use to play educational videos from YouTube," he said.
Federal Member Rowan Ramsey said he could see the value in funding a new resources centre at Sunrise because the school had been 'contributing a very valuable part of education in Whyalla'.
"I've been to many openings (at Sunrise) for various facilities that have been new and exciting. This is just the next step," he said.
"They needed a bit more space, a quiet area for kids to interact and a place for them to sit down and do some study."
Mr Ramsey said all schools in Whyalla had been making significant improvements to their learning areas and were moving forward in a positive way.
He said the arrival of the new $10 million Whyalla High School would be an 'exciting day for Whyalla".