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Buildings and facilities investment in country schools and preschools

Country schools and preschools are significantly benefiting from the $1.3b in capital funding invested in buildings and facilities across the state. Current country investments include:

  • 2 new schools
  • major facility upgrades across 30 schools
  • maintenance grants for all schools and preschools. 

New country schools

Two new high schools are being constructed in Goolwa and Whyalla.

Whyalla Secondary College

Whyalla Secondary College will replace the 3 existing high schools in Whyalla and accommodate up to 1500 students in years 7 to 12.

$100m has been invested in the school, which has been designed with a focus on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The school includes a double-court gym and performing arts theatre, which can be used by the community outside school hours.

The school is due to open term 1 2022.

Goolwa High School

Goolwa High School will initially accommodate around 400 local students, which could increase if growth in the area creates more demand.

The former Investigator College will be refurbished with a $10m investment to deliver the first public high school in Goolwa. Local students will then have access to secondary education closer to home.

The school is due to open from 2022.

Major country school upgrades

Almost $230m in upgrades are happening at 32 country schools as part of our major capital works program.

The upgrades give children living in country South Australia access to a world-class education environment. They include:

  • new buildings
  • additional learning areas
  • additional facilities
  • removing old relocatable or modular buildings
  • refurbishing existing learning areas
  • new outdoor learning areas
  • landscaping
  • new or improved street frontage
  • security upgrades and requirements.

Upgrades have been prioritised so they’re completed in time for year 7 students to start high school by 2022.