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Strong interest in newest Catholic school

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News that Xavier College will build another campus at Two Wells has been met with a positive response from families in the local area wanting a Catholic education for their children.

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Earlier this month Catholic Education South Australia (CESA) announced it would open its newest school at Two Wells in 2021.

The school, which will be located in the Hickinbotham Group’s Liberty Estate housing development, will initially cater for students from Reception to Year 6 but will progressively cater for students up to Year 12.

Xavier College principal Lynn Martin said the announcement of the school had been warmly welcomed by the local community.

“We have been very pleased with the level of interest shown in our new campus at Two Wells and have been working our way through enquiries from both contacts made to the developer and the general public, as quickly as we can,” Mr Martin said.

“We are certainly encouraged by the tremendous positive feedback we have received from within the local community to Xavier College expanding our offerings.

“Like Xavier College, the new campus will follow the Salesian tradition and develop young people who have the skills and understanding to transform our world into a more socially just and peaceful society.”

Construction of the school will take place during 2020 and will meet the needs of the growing population in Two Wells and the surrounding region.

“We are delighted to be expanding our provision of quality Catholic education to local families,” said Dr Neil McGoran, director of Catholic Education South Australia.

“The school will be the 111th Catholic school campus in South Australia, and will open just 12 months after Catholic Education SA opens McAuley Community School in the southern suburbs.

“This new school development is part of our commitment to expanding Catholic Education pathways and building an even stronger focus on student learning and quality teaching.”

Catholic Education South Australia has taken over the project from Lutheran Education who had planned to build a school in Hickinbotham Group’s Liberty Estate but recently decided not to proceed. The 400ha Liberty development is in the north-western corner of Two Wells, 45km north of Adelaide, and is located with its sister estate, Eden.

Catholic Education is working closely with Lutheran Education to guarantee a smooth transition and ensure that the school welcomes its first students in 2021.

“We are disappointed that we are not in a position to proceed with our proposed development,” said Mr John Proeve, executive director, Lutheran Education SA, NT and WA.

“I am delighted that Catholic Education has taken up this exciting opportunity to meet the strong demand for Christian education in this growing region. We will be sharing our preparatory planning work with Catholic Education to assist them to establish the new school.”

The development also has the support of the Adelaide Plains Council.

“Adelaide Plains Council fully supports the need for a new school in the Two Wells community and is working closely with Catholic Education SA,” said James Miller, chief executive officer, Adelaide Plains Council.

“We will continue to work in partnership to ensure the development aligns with the needs of the local community.”

The new Two Wells school will be part of a 20-year development by the Hickinbotham Group that will create more than 3000 residential allotments.

“I’d like to sincerely thank the Lutheran community for its wonderful work to date in attracting such strong local interest in the school. We welcome the major commitment by Catholic Education SA to take over the project and keep the momentum going,” said Michael Hickinbotham, Hickinbotham Group managing director.

“The school will complement the community, retail, sporting and lifestyle objectives embedded in Hickinbotham Group’s design and development of this project over the next 20 years.”

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