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CESA invests in Strathalbyn


An investment by Catholic Education South Australia (CESA) will deliver the State’s first Catholic school in the Alexandrina Council region.

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The new $30 million school will be established in Strathalbyn in partnership with South Australia’s largest home builder, Hickinbotham Group.

The primary school will be a campus of St Francis de Sales College and will cater for students in Reception to Year 6, with the possibility of expansion to Year 9 depending on enrolment demand.

Located in Hickinbotham’s Aurora master-planned community on the edge of Strathalbyn’s town centre, plans for the first stage of the eight-hectare campus, subject to council approval, include contemporary learning spaces, sports facilities, and an oval.

Strathalbyn’s population is forecast to grow by approximately 1800 people over the next seven to 10 years, with nearly 800 new homes planned across several developments.

The partnership between CESA and Hickinbotham Group follows previous success in establishing Xavier College at Two Wells.

Enrolments at the Two Wells campus of Xavier College have grown from 145 to more than 700 students in three years, with plans to grow to 1200 students.

“Families living in Aurora will be part of a vibrant community in which children can walk to and from school,” said Hickinbotham Group managing director Michael Hickinbotham.

“Hickinbotham is also nearing completion of a $2 million ‘learn through play’ playground at Aurora, based upon the work of former thinker-in-residence Professor Fraser Mustard, which will open later this year.”

The Strathalbyn campus of St Francis de Sales College is expected to open in 2029.

For enrolment information visit or contact the school on (08) 8393 1000.

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