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New Independent Schools and Campuses Set to Open in 2017

16 January 2017

Nine (9) new independent schools and school campuses are earmarked to open in Queensland in 2017.

These new services will bring the total number of independent schools to more than 200 operating across more than 230 sites.  Student enrolments across all independent schools in 2017 are projected to be about 120,000.

Independent Schools Queensland Executive Director David Robertson said significant time and investment had gone into the creation of these new independent schools and campuses.

“Establishing a new independent school requires an incredible amount of time, dedication and passion. These schools rely heavily on parent and community support to get them off the ground, particularly with respect to developing their foundational facilities and education programs,” he said.

Mr Robertson said about half the new independent schools and campuses would offer specialist education services to students and their families.

“Among the new schools opening for the first time is The Sycamore School at Alexandra Hills, south of Brisbane. This independent specialist school will offer a full-time (five days a week) education program for primary-age children with Autism Spectrum Disorder,” he said.

“The Australian Technology and Agricultural College – a college offering senior studies for students looking for a head start to a trade - is also opening its doors in 2017 in North Maclean, south of Brisbane. The college expects to enrol more than 70 Year 10 and 11 student-apprentices by the end of the year.”

“Arethusa College – a Special Assistance School which empowers and educates marginalised students who have disengaged from mainstream schooling - is opening a fourth campus at Windsor on Brisbane’s north side for primary-age students. It is anticipated to open in Term 2.”

This will bring to 24 the number of independent specialist school services catering for disengaged youth in Queensland.

Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network Executive Officer Sue Kloeden encouraged Queensland parents to search out and learn more about the independent schools in their area.

“There is a rich diversity of schools within the independent schooling sector, from faith-based schools such as Anglican, Lutheran or Christian, to ones grounded in a particular educational philosophy, such as Montessori or Steiner. There are also specialist schools with expert staff in VET and reconnecting disengaged students, as well as schools with tailored education programs for children with autism or language disorders,” Ms Kloeden said.

“Independent schools offer a wide range of assistance to new parents, such as practical back-to-school advice to help ease their child’s transition into a new school environment, as well as important reminders to parents of returning students about how to re-establish positive school routines and good learning habits. Many also run a range of parent information sessions during the year on topics such as student well-being and cyber safety.”

Listed below are the new independent schools and campuses approved by the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board to open in 2017.

New independent schools approved to open in early 2017:

The Sycamore School – specialist Prep-Year 6 full-time school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder located in Alexandra Hills in Redland City, south of Brisbane

Australian Technology and Agricultural College – specialist trade training college for students in Years 10-12, located at North Maclean, south of Brisbane

Montessori Noosa – Prep-Year 6 school at Sunshine Beach

Goora Gan Steiner School – the first Prep-Year 6 Steiner school in the Gladstone region, located at Agnes Water

Angelorum College – Prep-Year 10 school in Fortitude Valley in Brisbane’s city centre which also offers distance education services

Additional campuses and services for existing independent schools have been approved at:

Townsville Grammar School – new Prep-Year 6 campus at North Shore with enrolments commencing with Prep–Year 2 students in Term 1

YMCA Vocational School – moving Year 7-12 students to dedicated new junior and senior school campus facilities at Kingston, in Logan City in Term 1

Arethusa College – new primary campus at Windsor on Brisbane’s north side, due to open in Term 2

Border Rivers Christian College – moving current Prep-Year 10 students to a new 13-acre site and facilities in Goondiwindi in Term 3

NOTE: New schools and school campuses have been approved to open with anticipated start dates. Parents or community members should contact the schools directly to confirm their enrolment intakes and opening dates.

Media contact: Justine Nolan M: 0428 612 315 E:



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