Parents and students from schools throughout the Highfields district are relieved that planning for the new Highfields State High School is underway.
The school will open in 2015 for Grades 7 and 8 with subsequent year levels added each year to Grade 12.
***ATTENTION PARENTS OF CHILDREN CURRENTLY IN GRADE 6***
There is a level of interest in having Grade 9 included in the opening year. After community research on this, a submission has been sent to the Education Minister in support of opening Grade 9 in 2015. Thank you to all those who have participated.
We want this government to understand we are a community made up of families with different needs and circumstances, not statistics.
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Some new school facts:
The founding principal is due to be appointed as the school’s first staff member mid 2014 prior to the school opening in 2015 for an estimated 231 Year 7 and 8 students only.
Based on 2010 census data, EQ currently estimates the Highfields high school is forecast to have 936 students enrolled in 2019, its first year of Year 7-12 operation, and 1470 students in 2031.
The school will be disabled friendly; if two-storey buildings are built, they will include lifts. Here’s a rundown of the stages EQ sees for the school’s construction:
Cost $35m to accommodate a student population of 400
To include the school’s core facilities, namely:
- Executive and student services
- Canteen, uniform shop, book shop
- Central covered area and amenities
- Ancillary services centre
- Grounds maintenance and sports storage
- Sports field
- Court platforms (courts to be built through funding sourced by the school/P&C)
- Vehicle set down & public parking, site fencing, entrance court
- 22 learning spaces
- Junior secondary precinct
- Junior secondary learning centre
- Staff centre
- Science facilities: 2 labs including robotics
- Applied technology facilities: 2 workshop areas, incorporating graphics, visual arts, textiles
- Food studies (kitchen)
- Music facilities
- Cost $12m to $15m. Expected in 2017 (generally once the school population reaches 800)
- Faculty-based facilities
- Senior-oriented facilities
- Student support (SEP)
- Community-oriented facilities including a multi-purpose sports hall
- Dependent on enrolment trends, will cater for a student population of 1,100, expected by 2021
- Will include a performing arts centre