New school ready to open at Agnes Water
THE first high school to open in Agnes Water is in the final stages of completion, ready for the students to arrive on January 29.
Discovery Christian College has been three years in the making, with most work finished over the past six months.
It is a private, independent, non-denominational school that is part of the Adelaide Christian Schools.
The school will offer Grades 3-10, with a senior school program predicted to start with Year 11 in 2016.
Four classrooms, a sporting field, playground, library, science lab, home economics building, manual art building, administration wing and toilet blocks are spread across three hectares.
Administration officer Brie Murphy said enrolments had been strong.
"We have 85 enrolled. We think it will grow," Mrs Murphy said.
"We expect to have about 100 enrolments by a couple of weeks into the term," she said.
There are six teachers and teaching principal Damian Higgins.
"He was highly sought after as a great principal. All of our staff are pleased to have him," Mrs Murphy said.
She said the Agnes Water community was excited about the opening of the school on January 28.
She said parents had been "overwhelmingly supportive".
"Kids have been travelling three or four hours a day on the bus to go to school," she said.
"For parents to be bringing their kids home is exceptionally great."
First Point caravan park owner Dan Murphy was the visionary for the school and helped build facilities.
New school means no long bus trip
AGNES Water mum Stephanie Mattner was preparing to uproot her family, or send her eldest daughter on a long bus trip every day.
That is, until she heard there would be a new high school built in town.
Caitlyn, 12, will go into high school this year, and her younger sister Teagen, 9, is going into Year 5.
"We would be looking at going to a school in Bundaberg. The other options are Rosedale or Miriam Vale," Mrs Mattner said.
"To know (Discovery Christian College) was opening up was like 'yes!' "
Travel was the biggest concern for Mr and Mrs Mattner when considering sending Caitlyn to another region.
"It's not the lifestyle we wanted for Caitlyn to travel on the bus every day. By the time you get home she does her homework and it's dark."
Caitlyn is keen to start her secondary schooling at a brand new school.
"I am looking forward to doing manual arts and home economics subjects," she said.
"Some of my friends are going to the school and I am looking forward to maths and reading books at the library."
The family moved to Agnes Water from Tannum Sands almost five years ago. They love it there.
"We moved for the lifestyle and to have a bigger block. We have four acres down the road from the school with animals and everything," Teagen said.