Shovels are in the ground and construction has begun on the first group of school upgrades across South Australia.
Parafield Gardens High School, Salisbury High School, Paralowie School, Gawler and District College, Ceduna Area School and Murray Bridge High School have all begun construction, supporting local jobs across varying parts of the state.
New concept images have also been released for another ten schools set for upgrades, worth $66 million, including:
- A new performing arts building with a 150 seat theatre, planetarium with full dome ceiling and a new plaza at Hamilton Secondary College
- The redevelopment of three buildings at Christies Beach High School to accommodate year 7s while refurbishing science and humanities areas, as well as upgrades to the front of the school
- 16 new learning areas and refurbishments to specialist facilities at Wirreanda Secondary School
- Upgrades to multiple metropolitan primary schools including Greenwith, Elizabeth North, Ardtornish and Aldinga Beach B-7 School; and
- Significant upgrades to regional schools including John Pirie Secondary School, Moonta Area School and Kingston Community School.
The upgrades are meeting a range of critical needs in South Australia’s public education system, including lifting capacity for schools in areas with rapidly growing public school enrolments, improving facilities that sorely need it, and ensuring that year 7 transitions into high school.
The state government is investing $1.3 billion into education capital works, at around 100 schools across South Australia, including the construction of three brand new schools.
Progress on all schools being upgraded as part of the capital works program can be viewed on the Education Department website.