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New Aldinga B-12 school

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

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

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 naming process

A shortlist of potential names for the new Aldinga birth to 12 school wasdeveloped in consultation with an advisory committee including representatives from the local community.

The shortlisted names were:

  • Payinthi Coastal College
  • Payinthi Southern College
  • Aldinga College B-12.

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

These names were endorsed by the Department for Education and each one meets the guidelines of the school naming process.

The school community was asked to vote for their favourite name or suggest other school names via a survey as part of this exciting step towards the opening of the new school. Community consultation for the name for the new Aldinga birth to 12 school has closed. We would like to thank the community for contributing to the naming of the new school.

Final approval of the name will be given by the Minister for Education and the Surveyor-General.

The chosen name for the new Aldinga B – 12 school will be announced in the coming months.

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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 the new school. 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.

New school zones

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

Find out more about the new school's zones.


New Schools Project Team

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