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The Queensland State Government has confirmed a new multi-million-dollar education precinct at the Providence master-planned community at South Ripley will take its first students in 2020.

Expressions of interest for enrolments opened on Monday 15 July 2019.

For expressions of interest for the secondary school please submit this form to the Regional Office: metroexecservices@qed.qld.gov.au

For expressions of interest for the primary school please submit this form to the Regional Office: metroexecservices@qed.qld.gov.au

The new Principals have created Facebook pages for each school to keep the community up to date with information as the schools progress. These pages will often include forms, expressions of interest and dates for future forums as well as opportunities to share your views and opinions.  Please follow the Facebook links to stay informed New Primary School at South Ripley  and  New High School Ripley Valley

New website for the Secondary College can be found here.

The Community Consultation Forums have already kicked off with the next forum being held at Deebing Heights State School Hall on Thursday 22nd August from 7pm to 8pm. These forums give our community members the opportunity to meet the Principals, hear about the developments and progress of the schools as well as have your say on topics surrounding school mottos, colours and uniforms.  There is no need to rsvp, just turn up.

School names: Consultation is being held by the school principals across a broad range of the community sectors in regards to naming, logo and school mottos.  Common themes or trends will be analysed from this local knowledge to make a proposal to the wider community consultation group, towards the end of August.  Recommendations will be put to the Minister of Education for approval.     Voting on school name is open from now until Friday 23rd August, survey can be found here.

About the schools:

The schools, which are yet to be named, will be co-located on a 14.4 ha site in the heart of Providence.

The project involves a master plan development for two new separate schools including 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.

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 proposed schools will operate entirely separate from each other and there will be no facilities to be shared between the campuses.

Naomi Meerwald has been chosen as the principal for the primary school and Brendan Krueger has been selected for the high school.

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.

Initial civil works are already underway on site ahead of the building construction.  An administration building will open at the begininng of the fourth term of 2019 to accept enrolments.

The Queensland Government has announced the foundation principals who will take the reins at Providence’s two new schools in 2020.

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.

You will find a list of local schools and childcare here:

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