Nuriootpa High secures infrastructure upgrade

Nuriootpa High School is set to undergo significant capital works following the Marshall Liberal Government’s commitment to improving public school infrastructure.

Last week, Minister for Education John Gardner announced Nuriootpa High School as one of 10 South Australian public schools to share in $56 million of funding to support sustainable enrolment growth.

“This additional funding for school infrastructure will ensure Nuriootpa High School can accommodate its predicted student growth as Year 7 students are transitioned to high school in 2022,” Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll said.

“Projections from the Department for Education show that Nuri High needs to grow to 1300 places.

“This government funding will support the extra 200 places and will be used for general and specialist learning areas, as well as additional support spaces.”

Mr Knoll said the department predicted the new infrastructure would include 80 per cent solid buildings, and 20pc demountable buildings.

“Design work will commence soon to determine the scope of works and associated costings,” he said.

“I am excited to see Nuri High receive these upgrades. This investment is well overdue and demonstrates our government’s commitment to improving the state’s education system, especially in our regions.”

Nuriootpa High School principal Gerri Walker said she welcomed the funding and looked forward to progressing the project.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to upgrade our school infrastructure and provide contemporary facilities for innovative learning,” Ms Walker said.

“We are working to build a world-class education system in South Australia through helping every young person to grow and achieve in their learning.”

According to Minister Gardner, the Year 7 transition was a complex piece of work which would fundamentally change South Australia’s education system for the better.

“To deliver a world-class education system, we need our Year 7 students to be taught by specialist teachers in a high school setting, as designed in the national curriculum,” he said.

“These redevelopments are essential to accommodate the projected levels of enrolment growth, ensuring that schools can sustain enrolments at a manageable level into the future.”