Construction of the Goolwa Secondary College redevelopment is complete.
The new high school will open in term 1 2022, accommodating approximately 400 local students, with capacity to increase in line with anticipated growth in the area.
The new school is located at the former Investigator College site on the corner of Cadell Street and Glendale Grove in Goolwa.
Up to $10 million was invested to refurbish and upgrade the site, to improve the school’s facilities in readiness to welcome its first students at the beginning of 2022.
The new school forms part of an educational hub for the town, located near Goolwa Primary School and Children’s Centre, delivering a community asset that will support the area as it grows in the coming years. No local government schools will close when Goolwa Secondary College opens.
The new high school in Goolwa was named 'Goolwa Secondary College' in 2021.
The name was selected following consultation with the local community. We would like to thank the community for contributing to the naming process.
School logo revealed
Presenting an authentic and enduring design, Goolwa Secondary College’s new logo is an expression of their vision and values.
Featuring a locally inspired natural palette of green, blue, orange, and grey, the interchangeable colours showcase Goolwa’s river and coastal environment.
The bend of the Murray River, where the mainland and Hindmarsh Island meet, rushes through the middle of a shield and embraces a circle in its bend. The result is a logo with three separate elements representing different aspects of the school:
- Shield – recognising Goolwa’s rich past and history, whilst looking to the future – embracing innovation and personal excellence for all.
- Bend – recognising the amazing opportunity the local river and coastal environment provides for learning and acknowledging our responsibility to place.
- Circle – recognising the importance of community and creating a safe and exciting place for all to learn.
Work is now underway on designing the uniform.
Students, principals and staff in local primary schools, community members, and members of the local education community were a part of the branding process.
The new school will open with progressive enrolments from 2022, starting with approximately 120 year 7 and 8 students in term 1 2022. This means:
- 2022 – year 7 and 8
- 2023 – year 7 to 9
- 2024 – year 7 to 10
- 2025 – year 7 to 11
- 2026 – year 7 to 12
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.
As the only regional secondary school in Goolwa, the school does not require zoning or a capacity management plan. Placement at the school will be managed as per the department’s enrolment policy and related procedures, with the school automatically becoming the new local secondary school for families in the Goolwa area.
Although any family can apply to attend the new school, as the school is likely to be under enrolment pressure initially, priority enrolment will be for local families.
See placement in a school for further information.
Year 7 and 8
The department's statewide transition process for students starting secondary school (year 7 and 8) in 2022 opened in week 1, term 2.
During this time all public primary school students will have the following provided to them by their primary school:
- transition information
- online registration of interest form (return completed forms by 21 May 2021).
Parents whose children are attending non-public schools will be able to download a registration form (visit school enrolment) or collect transition information from their school or local education office.
Find out more at register your child's interest for starting high school.
Architect and builder
Architect: Greenway Architects Pty Ltd
Builder: Schiavello Construction (SA) Pty Ltd
More than 80,000 hours of work went into the redevelopment which includes:
- state-of the-art contemporary general learning areas
- science laboratories
- ideation studios
- teacher hubs
- a library known as the ‘Knowledge Hub’
- performing arts and visual arts centres
- a design and technology centre
- security infrastructure.
Rebecca Moore, most recently a principal consultant for primary and secondary schools in the south of Adelaide, has been appointed to lead the new school.
Rebecca’s energy and passion for education along with her outstanding experience will be truly valuable in creating a new school with its own individual personality, and community.
Getting to the school
The Department’s Transport Services Unit provides 2 bus services for Year 7 and 8 students who reside 5 kilometres or more from Goolwa Secondary College and who live within the catchment areas of Middleton, Hindmarsh Island and Currency Creek districts.
Willunga Charters has been engaged by the Department.
If you require this service you are asked to complete an application form which you can get through the school. Additional information about the bus route and times can be found on Willunga Charter’s website.
If you plan to drive to the school, car parking will be provided at Goolwa Secondary College in line with departmental policy and Australian Standards.
Goolwa Secondary College’s uniform colours are black, charcoal and samphire green.
The uniform includes:
- tops — an everyday charcoal, cotton polo (delivery in early 2022), as well as a sports-style samphire green polo
- bottoms – several options including chino style shorts and pants, a pleated skirt and sports-style shorts and trackpants
- hats – bucket-style hat.
Families can purchase the uniform online from the supplier, Devon.
Alternatively, families can contact Devon on (08) 8350 7900 and arrange an appointment at the physical store located at 84 Daws Road, Edwardstown.
Devon will be at Goolwa Secondary College on Monday January 24, 2022. Families can collect pre-ordered uniforms on this day between 9am and 4pm. Additional uniform items will also be available for purchase at this time.
Curriculum and specialist subjects
Specialist subjects will be determined in due course. The principal will work with the school community in regards to new and existing interests.
Some school facilities will be available to the community. The school will promote engagement and partnership arrangements with local community as they are decided.
Goolwa Secondary College
Phone: (08) 7505 4027
Email: dl.1915.info [at] schools.sa.edu.au