Catchment area details for the new schools can be found here.
About the schools:
Located on a 14.4 ha site, the two new separate schools will include general learning areas, administration centre, resource centre, art and design centre, hospitality, retail, business, ICT Centre, applied technology centre, science centre and a lecture theatre in the heart of Providence.
The schools are also expected to have dedicated spaces for performing arts, music multi-media, movement studies and sports. The new P-6 State School is expected to open with between 300 and 400 students in January 2020 with a predicted peak of approximately 1,200 students within 5 to 8 years of opening.
The new 7-12 State School will initially open with the Year 7 and 8 cohorts only and is expected to be between 100 and 200 students. The remaining cohorts from Years 9 to 12 will follow from the 2021 to 2025 calendar years with a predicted peak of approximately 1,300 to 1,500 students in year 2025.
The schools will operate entirely separate from each other and there will be no facilities to be shared between the campuses.
The Queensland Government has announced the foundation principals who will take the reins at Providence’s two new schools in 2020.
Naomi Meerwald has been chosen as the principal for the Ripley Valley State Primary College and Brendan Krueger has been selected for Ripley Valley State Secondary College.
Ms Meerwald has more than nine years experience as a Principal, most recently as the acting principal at Woodlinks State School in Collingwood Park. She has also previously been the principal of Ipswich East State School.
Mr Krueger will relocate the to the area after completing his role as the current principal of Longreach State High School. Prior to Longreach, he was a deputy principal at Hervey Bay State High School and Bundaberg State High School as well a casual lecturer with Central Queensland University.
The two new schools, being built at a total cost of $120 million, will form the foundation of Providence’s new education precinct that also includes a childcare centre.
You can keep up to date with the progress of the school with the Department of Education, read more here.