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South Australia Premier Steven Marshall

South Australia Minister for Education John Gardner

$56 Million Capital Works Package Unveiled For Schools

Victor P Taffa

A number of South Australian public schools will receive a funding boost as part of a $56 Million capital works package.

This will improve school facilities, meet projected enrolment demands and to transition Year 7 into high school.

Schools that will receive a share of $56 Million in funding to support sustainable enrolment growth include:

  • Eastern Fleurieu R-12 School,
  • Golden Grove High School,
  • Heathfield High School,
  • Mark Oliphant College,
  • Mount Compass Area School
  • Nuriootpa High School,
  • Playford International College,
  • Port Augusta Secondary School,
  • Roma Mitchell College,
  • Seaview High School.

Enrolment Increases:

Some of the more significant capacity increases include:

  • 500 additional Students at Roma Mitchell College,
  • 420 additional Students at Seaview High School,
  • 400 additional Students at Golden Grove High School by 2022.

Capital works package comes in addition to the $18 Million already announced for Adelaide High School.

A further $22 Million has also been allocated to support priority projects at:

  • Blackwood High School,
  • Craigmore High School,
  • Golden Grove High School,
  • Heathfield High School,
  • Henley High School,
  • Kapunda High School,
  • Mount Compass Area School,
  • Seaview High School,
  • Wirreanda High School.

Education Department will now work directly with the schools receiving funding to determine the scope of the works and associated costings.

Detailed demographic analysis shows that around 10,000 places will be needed across the state by 2022 to accommodate both the predicted growth in public school students and moving Year 7 into high school.

Premier Steven Marshall said that the Government’s record investment in education was critical in delivering the world-class education system South Australia deserves.

“This is a significant investment in school infrastructure that will ensure our students are accommodated at their local school in modern learning facilities.” Premier Marshall said.

“Our aim is to deliver a world class education system that is the envy of other states, and the Liberal Government is delivering on our promise to move Year 7 into high school so that our students are no longer being left behind.”

“Many of these schools are not only receiving additional classroom space, but also improved facilities such as science labs, design technology facilities and performing arts spaces, enhancing the educational experience for their students.”

“By 2022, our Year 7 students will benefit from specialist education, with specialist facilities in a high school environment, delivering on our election commitment.”

Minister for Education John Gardner said the Year 7 transition was a complex piece of work that will fundamentally change South Australia’s education system for the better.

“To deliver a world class education system, we need our Year 7 students to be taught by specialist teachers in a high school setting, as designed in the national curriculum.” Minister Gardner said.

SA Minister for Education John Gardner









“These redevelopments are essential to accommodate the projected levels of enrolment growth, ensuring that schools can sustain enrolments at a manageable level into the future.”

“Our priority is ensuring that families who live in a high school zone can get a place at their local school, and modelling suggests there will be significant growth across the education system up until 2022.” Minister Gardner said.

“Enrolment demand at Roma Mitchell College has grown to levels that are unsustainable regardless of moving Year 7 to high school, highlighting how the former Labor Government failed to plan adequately to accommodate local students.”

“Capital works will allow the school to increase its capacity by 500 students to accommodate a total of 1,800 enrolments by 2022.”

“Importantly, this funding will also be used to developed improved facilities at these schools to deliver modern spaces that enhance the learning experience for our students.” Minister Gardner said.


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