Acting St Catherine's principal Sharyn Bell showing year five students Max Cornish, Rachel Gottschalk and Morgan Dray the plans for the new school yesterday afternoon at St Catherine's.
Acting St Catherine's principal Sharyn Bell showing year five students Max Cornish, Rachel Gottschalk and Morgan Dray the plans for the new school yesterday afternoon at St Catherine's.

New Catholic school approved

PROSERPINE is set to get a new Catholic School, which includes a high school, after the Catholic Education Office was given the green light by the Whitsunday Regional Council yesterday.

The Catholic Education Office was given the green light to build a new school for primary and secondary students.

The current Catholic school in Proserpine, St Catherine's, only accommodates primary school students.

Tenders are expected to be called for the new school within the next two months and work is expected to start soon after.

St Catherine's currently has 360 students.

The new school will be developed in four stages and will be able to take up to 750 students and 32 staff.

The new school will be on the corner of the Bruce Highway and Renwick Road on the southern side of Proserpine.

The primary school will be built on the western side of the new school site and will be linked to the secondary school on the eastern side.

St Catherine's acting principal Sharyn Bell said this significant opportunity had come after many years of support and planning on the part of the St Cath's school community and also from the local community who have been choosing St Catherine's in increasing numbers.

“This year our school has needed to offer three prep groups to cater for this growing demand,” she said.

“We are very excited at the prospect of a new campus which will allow our plans to come to fruition.”

Councillors voted unanimously for the proposal at yesterday's special Council meeting held in Collinsville.

Whitsunday Mayor Mike Brunker said it was important for the communities in the Whitsundays to have a choice in education.

“It is great that we can add to the already impressive list of education facilities that we currently offer,” he said.

Townsville Catholic Education assistant director Ross Horner said St Catherine's Catholic School had been part of the Whitsunday area for 85 years and they were ready to grow within the region.

“In time we plan to offer a range of educational opportunities including a dedicated early learning precinct, middle schooling and senior years,” he said.

“These plans form an important part of the Townsville Catholic Diocesan commitment to rural education.”

The current St Catherine's primary school building will be used as an early learning precinct for prep to year three students once the year four to year seven students make the transition to the new school.
 

New school plans

PRIMARY SCHOOL

  • Landscaped on-site car park containing 54 car spaces, with access from Renwick Road
  • Muli-pltipose sports hall Combined library and administration building
  • 24 class rooms

SECONDARY SCHOOL

  • Landscaped on-site car park containing 79 car spaces, with access from Renwick Road
  • Multi-purpose sports hall
  • Combined library and administration building
  • Staff lounge and teacher resources centre
  • 26 class rooms
  • Separate buildings for arts and drama, science and manual arts

SHARED FACILITIES

  • On-site bus stop facility, capable of holding up to four buses at a time
  • Two multi-purpose sports fields, including an athletics oval

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