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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 preschool and early learning and care 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.
The new Aldinga school was named 'Aldinga Payinthi College' in 2020.
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.
Aldinga Payinthi College’s logo has strong ties to the location and community of Aldinga.
The blue represents the coastal location and sandstone reflects the sand and stone spotted throughout the local environment. The orange reflects the earthy tones of Kaurna land and artwork, and grey mimics the architectural detail of the building.
Principal Alison Colbeck also said the contemporary design visualises the new school’s beliefs of being integrative, universal and accessible. It’s a place where everyone can seek to learn, seek to connect and seek to grow.
Key stakeholders were involved in the branding process. This includes students, principals and staff in local schools, community members, members of the local education office, a local Kaurna community member and Aldinga Payinthi College staff.
The department consulted with school staff and the public about Aldinga Payinthi College’s zones, as well as changes to the zones of nearby existing schools.
The preschool local catchment area, primary campus school zone and secondary campus school zone were approved in 2020. The primary campus school zone will have a single shared zone with Aldinga Beach B-7 School.
The preschool local catchment and school zones, including the shared zone, will come into effect for student enrolment applications for 2022.
Applications from families living in the shared primary campus school zone will be able to nominate their preferred primary school.
Although families living in the shared zone can nominate to attend either school, if demand from families exceeds places available, students will be divided between the two primary schools. Placements will be offered as detailed in the school’s capacity management plan (CMP).
Aldinga Payinthi College will work closely with Aldinga Beach B-7 School in their local partnership to ensure a coordinated education service is delivered to families living in their shared zone.
View the school’s preschool local catchment area and school zones.
Aldinga Payinthi College will open with progressive enrolments from 2022, starting with preschool to year 8. This means:
- 2022 – preschool to year 8
- 2023 – preschool to year 9
- 2024 – preschool to year 10
- 2025 – preschool to year 11
- 2026 – preschool to year 12
In 2022 the school will open with a full cohort of students from reception to year 2, and in years 7 and 8. There will be a reduced cohort of students from year 3 to 6.
It is anticipated around 600 students will attend the school in the first year, with the expectation that it will grow to 1675 students by 2026.
By progressively introducing year levels, the school can focus on making sure they are operating smoothly while building towards operating at capacity in a few years' time.
Aldinga Payinthi College must open with sustainable enrolments that align with its capacity management plan (CMP).
Although any family can apply to attend the new school, the school is likely to be under enrolment pressure initially, so they will only consider enrolments based on the approved enrolment criteria detailed in their CMP. This will limit the number of students able to gain entry who live outside the preschool local catchment and school zones.
Preschool to year 6
General registrations of interest for 2022 have now closed. Families received enrolment offers in term 3, 2021.
Families who live within our school zone can still register their interest by emailing Lynda Gregory (Enrolment Officer) at email@example.com.
Visit find a school zone or preschool catchment area to check if you are in our preschool catchment area or primary school zone.
Year 7 and 8
The department's statewide transition process for students starting year 7 and 8 in 2022 opened in week 1, term 2 and has now closed.
During this time all public primary school students had the following provided to them by their primary school:
- transition information
- online registration of interest form.
Find out more at register your child's interest for starting high school.
Aldinga Payinthi College 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.
Placement in the inclusive preschool program and special options is determined through the department’s statewide panel process for placement in an inclusive education option.
For more information, refer to disability support at school.
Architect: Swanbury Penglase and Perumai Pedovali
Builder: Sarah Constructions
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.
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.
Aldinga Payinthi College
Phone: 8226 3305
Email: dl.1914.info [at] schools.sa.edu.au