Construction has begun on the new North Gungahlin primary school in Taylor with the first students to start school there at the beginning of the 2019 school year.
ACT Education Minister Yvette Berry turned the first sod on the school site last Friday, along with releasing sketches of what the new school will look like.
The new school is projected to cost $32.069 million, with funding allocated from the 2015-16 and 2017-18 ACT Budgets.
It will cater to students from preschool to Year 6 from Taylor, Moncrieff and Jacka – the first suburbs being developed as part of the North Gungahlin development.
“This new modern school facility will cater for 88 preschool and 600 primary school students when it opens for Term 1 2019, providing capacity for quality public education in this high-growth region,” Ms Berry said.
“The planning will also allow for the accommodation of an additional 44 preschool students and 150 primary school students through expansion if required to cater for future growth.”
Ms Berry said the new school will serve as a central hub for the local communities.
“The school will be the first community facility provided in Taylor, including two playing fields, and the wider community will be able to hire the school hall, oval and meeting rooms for a range of activities and gatherings,” she said.
“The new school will also include a resource centre, canteen, out-of-hours school care facilities, and great outdoor learning and play areas.
“Importantly, the school will also have specific facilities for music, and curriculum enrichment programs such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics to ensure we are equipping our students for the best possible future.”
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