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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.
A shortlist of potential names for the new Whyalla secondary school was developed, in consultation with an advisory committee.
The shortlisted names were:
- Whyalla Secondary College
- Whyalla Secondary School
- Spencer Gulf College.
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 Whyalla 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 Office of the Surveyor-General.
The chosen name for the new Whyalla school will be announced in the coming months.
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 the new school. 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
Phone: 8226 1037
Email: Education.NewSchools [at] sa.gov.au