Construction of a new high school in Goolwa is underway. 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 will be located at the former Investigator College site on the corner of Cadell Street and Glendale Grove in Goolwa.
Up to $10 million is being 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 will form 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
Key features of the design include:
- refurbishment of all existing facilities to provide contemporary teaching and learning environments, administration, support services and amenities
- demolition of an existing aged facility
- site works including access improvements, security infrastructure and works to secure existing site dams.
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.
Recruiting to leadership, teaching and ancillary staff for these sites will be staggered throughout 2021. A staff plan will be finalised in term 2 2021.
For more information, visit teacher recruitment in 2022.
Getting to the school
As Goolwa Secondary College will be opening at the start of 2022, the department is in the process of arranging transport assistance for new year 7 and 8 students who reside in the catchment area.
In mid 2021, the department will review all enrolments at the new school for 2022. This will determine whether a school bus service is justifiable in accordance with the department’s school transport policy (PDF 896KB) criteria.
Subject to new enrolments, school bus services will likely be arranged by the department’s Transport Services Unit for Year 7 and 8 students who reside in the Middleton, Hindmarsh Island and Currency Creek districts.
At this stage it is too early to confirm bus routes, bus stops and timetables. This should be known later in term 2 2021 or early in term 3.
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.
A new uniform will be available at the school. Further details and design will be announced in the coming months.
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
Email: dl.1915.info [at] schools.sa.edu.au