New school for Googong

THE Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn this week announced it will increase its educational presence at the new township of Googong and create the first Anglican Kindergarten-Year 12 school in the region.

The new private school will comprise a primary school, which is expected to open for the start of the 2015 school year, and high school, which will be open to students at a date to be determined, and possibly an early learning centre for children aged 3 to 4.

The facility will be built and operated by the Diocese.

The Anglican diocese had already committed to building a primary school at Googong, but CIC Australia chief operating officer Tony Carey said they'd also been looking to build a secondary school in the region, and the developer was able to accommodate that request with a larger, all-in-one site.

"We previously announced that we were gifting a site to the Anglican diocese for a primary school. They have since come back and said that they had really been looking for a long time to establish a high school to service that general region, and they've now committed to building that at Googong," Mr Carey said.

"So we've basically created a much larger site on which they've committed to construct a school from Kindergarten to Year 12."

The Anglican Dioceses had also been tipped as a possible secondary education provider at Tralee, but t

he Queanbeyan Age

has heard the increased commitment at Googong will now rule that out.

Googong Project Director Mark Attiwill said that the number of students at the school would grow as the township developed.

"The school will be co-educational, low fee and open entry, so all Googong kids are welcome to enrol," he said.

"And as well as Googong children, students from all our catchment areas, including Queanbeyan, Jerrabomberra and Canberra, will also be welcome."

The Diocese considered a range of factors when selecting a site for the new school, including demographic and population trends in the surrounding region, proximity to established areas including Canberra and Queanbeyan, as well as projected educational trends for the region.

Award winning architects Munns Sly Moore will design the new school which will be situated on one of Googong's highest points.

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