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Principals appointed to lead 3 new schools

22 July 2020

Three highly experienced educators have been appointed to lead three of South Australia’s brand new schools in Aldinga, Angle Vale and Whyalla in 2022.

Alison Colbeck will lead the new Aldinga B-12 school; Joe Priolo will lead the new Angle Vale B-12 school and Tricia Richman will lead the new Whyalla secondary school.

The national search resulted in the selection of three principals with a demonstrated track record of success in heading up South Australian government schools, reflecting the depth and quality of local school leadership in our state.

The three new principals will all start in their new roles on August 3, with the Education Department and local education teams working closely with them to ensure they are well prepared to welcome students at the start of the 2022 school year.

The appointments all bring exceptional qualities to their respective roles.

Ali Colbeck, who has been principal of Willunga Primary School for the past 5 years, is a successful and respected education leader in Adelaide’s south will help shape a wonderful future for the new school and local community in Aldinga.

Joe Priolo, principal of Salisbury East High School, has vast experience as an education leader in the Adelaide’s north. His passion for building a culture of excellence and equity in education, as well as community connection will put the new Angle Vale school in great hands.

Tricia Richman, who is principal of Edward John Eyre High School and previously of Whyalla High School, has many years of experience as an education leader in Whyalla. Her connection with the local community will help ensure a smooth transition of the existing high schools into the new school, which will create something unique and fantastic for the city.

Last week the state government announced it will open a new school at Goolwa, providing a public high school offering in the town for the first time.

All four new schools are set to open in Term 1, 2022.

To find out more about South Australia’s new schools, as well as the Government’s record $1.3 billion education capital works program, visit the upgrades and new schools page.