Concept images for the new state-of-the-art $84.4 million Morialta Secondary College have been revealed, giving families in Adelaide’s northeast a first look at what this world-class school will have to offer.
The school will cater for over a thousand students with zoning set to expand ten-fold and will begin taking enrollments in 2023.
It will feature a brand new performing arts centre, gymnasium, and cafe, set alongside contemporary indoor and outdoor learning spaces.
Minister for Education John Gardner said it’s exciting to see the vision for the new public high school, which will be built on the soon-to-be-vacated Norwood Morialta High School middle campus.
The “government continues to build on its world-class education offerings to families across South Australia through the delivery of our record $1.4 billion infrastructure investment including five new schools and upgrades to more than 100 public schools across the state,” said Minister Gardner.
“We are building what matters to ensure every student across the state is supported to reach their full potential while creating thousands of jobs.”
One of South Australia’s future-focussed public education leaders, Roley Coulter, has been appointed as the school’s principal.
Previously at the helm of Banksia Park International High School, Mr Coulter is highly regarded for the impact his leadership had in increasing secondary learning outcomes. As well as a track record of delivering strong academic outcomes, Mr Coulter has also demonstrated innovative leadership through supporting cross-site professional learning, VET, and flexible pathway options.
Minister Gardner congratulated Mr Coulter on his new role.
“Roley’s world class vision for public education and his innovative approach to improving outcomes for secondary students will be pivotal in the school’s success,” said Minister Gardner.
“Creating a new school from scratch is a wonderful opportunity and I’m excited to see how Roley and his future leadership team support academic achievement and success for their students.”
Member for Hartley Vincent Tarzia said the local community is thrilled by the news of a new public high school to meet growing demand in the area.
“This is an exciting milestone for Morialta Secondary College and I’m truly impressed with the architectural concept and the many learning opportunities it will provide to students,” said Mr Tarzia.
“This will be an outstanding facility that will support the needs of existing students as well as our growing community.”
Implementation of a new zone, including amendments to neighbouring secondary school zones, has also been finalised following community consultation. The finalised zone will take in the suburbs of Hectorville and Rostrevor, and parts of Tranmere, Woodforde, Teringie, Montacute and Magill.
The new zones will apply for the enrolment process for students commencing in 2023 at Morialta Secondary College, Marryatville High School, Norwood International High School and Charles Campbell College.
The new school zones to accommodate the new Morialta Secondary College show eastern suburbs schools will attract more students from the Adelaide Hills.
The zone for Marryatville High School will grow, and Charles Campbell will lose some southern students to an upgraded Unley High School.
Students with siblings currently attending one of the impacted secondary schools will be given automatic entry to the same school when enrolling in year 7 through the statewide transition process.
The new zones may position a residence in a different zone than it is currently. Primary school students will be allocated to the school in their new zone when they apply to start secondary school through the statewide transition process.
Details of the new zones can be found on the Department for Education’s website.