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Enrolments open for Riverland college


As work progresses on the construction of the new St Francis of Assisi College at Renmark, there has already been strong interest from families wishing to enrol students for the 2022 school year.

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Principal Nathan Hayes said there had been a good response since enrolments officially opened at the start of Term 2.

“I’ve got many enrolment interviews booked in the coming weeks and I’m really looking forward to meeting future students and their families,” he said.

“It’s an exciting phase for us as we start building our school community.”

Mr Hayes said details for a bus service to and from the school each day had been finalised, with Catholic Education SA and the college committed to subsidising 60 per cent of the cost for families.

“The school has partnered with LinkSA to provide a bus service,” he said.

“A brand new fleet of buses will ensure the highest standard of safety and comfort, with two routes covering Loxton, Berri, Barmera, Glossop and Paringa.”

It has been a hectic time for all involved since the $29.6 million project was announced in May last year.

On March 18 the land was blessed by Bishop Karol of the Port Pirie Diocese, with local Aboriginal Elder Howard ‘Barney’ Lindsay conducting a traditional smoking ceremony.

The foundations for the Year 7-9 learning area as well as the administration building have been laid and framework is being erected.

The team of staff for the new school is also growing, with Claire Smith starting in Term 2 as the executive administrator.

Once completed, the college will cater for upwards of 360 students from Years 7 to 12, with Years 7 and 8 opening in 2022 and a new year level offered annually.

It will build on the quality Catholic education and pastoral care already provided at the four local primary schools – St Joseph’s School Barmera, Our Lady of the River School Berri, St Albert’s School Loxton and St Joseph’s School Renmark.

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