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Aldinga Payinthi College

Construction of a new birth to year 12 (B-12) school in Aldinga is underway. The school can accommodate up to 1500 students, 100 inclusive places for students with a disability and a 75 place children's centre by 2026.

The new school is located along Port Road in Aldinga and delivered as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) project. View the location on a map.

Following a comprehensive procurement process, TESA Education comprising of Tetris Capital, Dutch Infrastructure Fund, Sarah Construction and ISS Services was awarded the contract to construct and maintain the new school.

School name

The new Aldinga school will be named Aldinga Payinthi College.

Payinthi (/'bay-in-di'/) is a Kaurna Aboriginal word that means ‘to seek, look for, examine, be thinking’.

The name was selected following consultation with the local community. The community was asked to vote for their favourite shortlisted name or suggest other school names via a survey as part of this exciting step towards the opening of the new school. We would like to thank the community for contributing to the naming process.

Enrolling in the new school

Aldinga Payinthi College will open with progressive enrolments from 2022, starting with preschool to year 8.

For students wishing to apply to enrol in 2022, applications will open in term 1, 2021. Exact dates will be advised when available.

For public primary school families starting secondary school in 2022, your primary school will provide you a link to your child’s online form to register your interest for high school. Find out more about enrolment in public schools.

View the school’s preschool local catchment area and zones.

The new school will be an addition to the existing schools in the area when it opens in 2022, not a replacement. No local government schools will close when the new school opens. The new school is intended to cater for the projected enrolment demand coming from strong population growth in the area.

Enrolment capacity for 2022

The school will operate under a Capacity Management Plan to assist the school manage enrolment demand. Read the Aldinga Payinthi College Capacity Management Plan.

As a new school, it will have a progressive enrolment process. This process will introduce a year level at the start of each school year, beginning in 2022 with reception through to year 8.

For 2022 enrolments, Aldinga Payinthi College will accept a maximum of:

  • 40 children in preschool
  • 52 students per year level in reception to year 2
  • 30 students per year level in years 3 to 6
  • 192 students per year level in years 7 and 8
  • 4 children in the Inclusive Preschool Program for children with disability
  • 62 students in the Supported Learning Centre for students with disability.

Enrolment criteria for students living in the preschool local catchment area or school zones

The key enrolment criteria is outlined below. For more information, view the full Aldinga Payinthi College Capacity Management Plan.

Preschool children

Priority consideration will be given to preschool applicants who live inside the preschool local catchment area. You can use the Find a school or preschool tool to find out if you live in the catchment area.

If more than 40 preschool applications are received from parents living in the preschool local catchment area, places will be offered based on the following:

  • the child is identified as requiring special consideration
  • the child identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • the distance of the child’s residence from the preschool
  • the child has an eligible sibling who is applying to attend the primary school the following year
  • other personal needs such as curriculum, transportation/location convenience, social/family links at the school.

Enrolment applications should be submitted by the end of week 10, term 2 2021 (Friday 2 July 2021).

Reception students

To be eligible for enrolment in reception, applicants  must meet 1 of the following requirements:

  • the child is living in the shared school zone of Aldinga Beach B-7 School and Aldinga Payinthi College primary campus zone. You can use the Find a school or preschool tool to find out if you live in the zone
  • the child identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander through the Enter for Success program (by the end of week 10, term 2 (Friday 2 July 2021))
  • the child has been granted enrolment due to special or extenuating circumstances.

If more than 52 reception applications are received, from parents living in the primary zone, places will be offered based on the following:

  • the child has an eligible sibling who is applying to attend the primary school the following year
  • the distance of the child’s residence from the school
  • other personal needs, such as curriculum, transportation/location convenience
  • social/family links at the school.

Applicants not offered a place at Aldinga Payinthi College will be placed on the enrolment register, and will be referred for enrolment to the shared zone primary school (Aldinga Beach B-7 School).

Enrolment applications should be submitted by the end of week 10, term 2 2021 (Friday 2 July 2021).

Year 1 to 6 students

Priority consideration will be given to applicants for years 1 to 6 who live inside the primary school zone.  You can use the Find a School or Preschool tool to find out if you live in the zone.

If the number of enrolment applications from parents living in the primary zone exceeds the enrolment capacity in a year level, places will be offered based on the following:

  • whether the child has an eligible sibling who is applying to attend the primary school the following year
  • the distance of the child’s residence from the school
  • other personal needs such as curriculum, transportation/location convenience
  • social/family links at the school.

Enrolment applications should be submitted by the end of week 10, term 2 2021 (Friday 2 July 2021).

Year 7 and 8 students

To be eligible for enrolment, students applying for year 7 and 8 in 2022 must be enrolled in a South Australian school at the time of application.

The student must meet 1 of the following requirements to be eligible for a year 7 or year 8 place:

  • the child is living in the Aldinga Payinthi College high school zone. You can use the Find a School or Preschool tool to find out if you live in the zone
  • the child identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander through the Enter for Success program (by the end of term 4)
  • the child has been granted enrolment due to special or extenuating circumstances.

Inclusive Preschool Program and Supported Learning Centre

Placement in the Inclusive Preschool Program and the Supported Learning Centre is determined through the department’s statewide panel process for placement in an inclusive education option.

Enrolment for students living outside the preschool local catchment area or school zones

Applications from parents of prospective students who live outside the preschool local catchment area, primary or secondary campus zones will only be given consideration for enrolment if the school is under its year level student enrolment numbers.

There is no automatic entry to the school for students who live outside of the preschool local catchment area, primary or secondary campus zones, regardless of whether siblings attend the school.

Transfer of students from Aldinga Beach B-7 School

Following the start of the 2022 school year, applications from students living in the shared primary school campus zone who want to transfer from Aldinga Beach B-7 School to Aldinga Payinthi College primary campus will only be considered in special circumstances and by agreement between the Principals of the schools.

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Architect and builder

Architect: Swanbury Penglase and Perumai Pedovali

Builder: Sarah Constructions

Key features

The new school design combines world-class education and community inclusion, with many school spaces available for community use outside of school hours.

Key features of the design include:

  • a modern and contemporary learning environment with strong connections between internal and external learning spaces
  • a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies to educate students for jobs of the future
  • integration and connection, providing unique learning and teaching environments for children, students and staff from birth all the way up to year 12
  • design to allow community use, creating an inclusive and accessible hub
  • expansive outdoor facilities designed for community use outside of school hours, including courts, an open gymnasium and sporting fields that can be utilised by the community
  • a 300-seat performing arts centre and an entrepreneurial hub, also designed for community use
  • Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) principles that meet a 5-green star rating.

Construction started in early 2020 and the school is scheduled to open in term 1, 2022.

Principal appointed

Alison Colbeck has been appointed to lead Aldinga Payinthi College. Alison, who has been principal of Willunga Primary School for the past 5 years, is a successful and respected education leader in Adelaide’s south and will help shape the future of the new school.

School zones

We have consulted with school staff and the public about Aldinga Payinthi College’s zones, as well as changes to the zones of nearby existing schools.

Find out more about Aldinga Payinthi College’s zones and preschool local catchment area.

Contact

New Schools Project Team

Phone: 8226 1037
Email: Education.NewSchools [at] sa.gov.au