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, at the end of construction stages 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 have dedicated spaces for performing arts, music multi-media, movement studies and sports. The new P-6 State School opened with 305 students in January 2020 with a predicted peak of approximately 1,200 students within 5 to 8 years of opening. A Defence Mentor has been appointed for 18hrs per week to work across both campuses.
The new 7-12 State School has opened with 134 enrollments consisting of Year 7 and 8 cohorts only. 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. Principal, Brendan Krueger reports a great start to the school year with staff and students settling in quickly. Classroom buildings are finished with minor works yet to be completed. The school sports centre is due to open at the start of term 2 pending weather.
The schools operate entirely separate from each other and there are no facilities shared between the campuses.
Naomi Meerwald has been appointed 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.