MLA Yveltte Berry, “Today I attended the site of the new North Gungahlin primary school in Taylor with Yerrabi MLAs Suzanne Orr and Michael Pettersson, to turn the first sod before construction begins.
“The new North Gungahlin school will be a preschool to year 6 school catering for students 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. 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.
“It was great to see the plans and also some sketches of what this wonderful new school will look like as it serves as a central hub for our 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.
“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 (STEAM) to ensure we are equipping our students for the best possible future.
“The construction of a new school in North Gungahlin fulfills a 2012 election commitment, with total projected funding of $32.069m from the 2015-16 and 2017-18 Budgets.
“I am proud to be part of a government that invests heavily in public education to provide a quality future for our children. I look forward to the first day of the 2019 school year when the new school will welcome its first students.”