New school at Agnes needs firm enrolments to open

PROSPECTIVE students at a new $4 million high school in Agnes Water have until May 31 to confirm their enrolments, or the school may not secure the funding needed to open next year.

Discovery Christian College is set to open in January, with some of the buildings already constructed and ready to move on site.

However, the school needs confirmed enrolments to ensure the process stays on track.

Initially aiming to provide Years 3-10, the development is eventually expected to cater for 600 students from Prep to Year 12.

Damian Higgins will be the school's first principal, making the move from Heatherton Christian College in south-east Melbourne to Agnes Water.

He said the school would take enrolments for every year level and changes would be made according to the demand.

"It depends a great deal on what happens in the community," Mr Higgins said.

"Based on the interests we've had in the community, we would probably open with 100 students."

The independent school will be the first high school for Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy.

Mr Higgins said it would save families from sending their teenagers to Bundaberg and Gladstone for schooling and give them another option besides leaving town once their children hit high school.

"It will hopefully keep families in the community who may have moved out to be closer to a school," he said.

First announced in February 2012, the school was due to open at the beginning of this year, but was delayed due to unexpected costs.

"We were disappointed that it didn't open in 2014," he said. "Obviously it's something the community has wanted for a long time."

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