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Construction of the new $100 million state-of-the-art secondary school in Whyalla is underway. The school will accommodate 1500 students in years 7 to 12. This includes 48 inclusive places for students with disability.
The new school is located on Nicolson Avenue in Whyalla Norrie in between the UniSA and TAFE campuses, forming an education precinct to provide students with strong links to further study options.
The school will replace Whyalla’s 3 existing high school campuses - Edward John Eyre High, Whyalla High and Stuart High.
Significant stakeholder consultation was undertaken by the department to inform plans for the school. The new school has been designed to reflect contemporary education environments and will focus on supporting future skills needs that lead to jobs.
The new Whyalla school was named 'Whyalla Secondary College' in 2020.
The name was selected following consultation with the local community. The school 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.
Whyalla Secondary College’s visual identity is based on the school values – inclusion, innovation and integrity.
At a glance, the logo forms the letter ‘W’ for Whyalla. Within this, each element of the logo has been carefully considered to reflect the school’s commitment to learning, inclusion and community:
- open book – represents the notion student’s are always learning
- land meeting sea - the ochre and blue represents the schools geographical environment and the cream represents the sand, which is where the land meets the sea
- inclusion – the curriculum and learning experiences will meet and cater for the needs of all students, including direct instruction, strategy instruction and evidence based approaches to learning
- limitless – aim for all students to make the most of the opportunities they will be provided, resulting in endless possibilities for them when they leave school and follow their chosen pathway
- ATRiUM – the 5 lines represent the schools teaching and learning approach that follows 5 key capabilities (Active Learning, Thinking, Relating, Using language, symbol systems and ICT, Managing self) which consider learning needs for all students.
Work is now underway on designing the uniform.
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.
Year 9 to 12
In 2021, students already enrolled and attending the existing 3 high schools in Whyalla will automatically move to Whyalla Secondary College, if they are continuing their schooling in 2022. There is no additional enrolment process to move to the new school.
Architect: Cox Architects in collaboration with Thomson Rossi
Builder: Sarah Constructions
Key features of the design include:
- 3 storey build with a STEM focused design
- contemporary learning spaces, multi-level outdoor learning and social spaces
- plaza at ground level with landscaping
- a double court gymnasium, expansive sporting fields and courts that can be utilised by the community
- a performing arts theatre designed for community use outside of school hours.
Cox Architecture, in collaboration with Thomson Rossi, designed the school so that it would integrate the history and traditions of the existing high schools while creating its own sense of identity and belonging that will embrace the whole community.
Construction started in early 2020 and the school is scheduled to open in term 1, 2022.
Tricia Richman, former principal of Edward John Eyre High School and Whyalla High school, has been appointed to lead Whyalla Secondary College. Her connection with the local community will help ensure a smooth transition of the existing high schools into the new school.
New Schools Project Team
Email: dl.1035.info [at] schools.sa.edu.au