Building work at the Discovery Christian College is due to start soon.
Building work at the Discovery Christian College is due to start soon. Rob Black GLACOLL

Private school plan on track

THE Discovery Christian College at Agnes Water is on track to open its doors to Years 7, 8 and 9 students in January 2014.

The school has 130 expressions of interest and 59 confirmed enrolments.

The master plan for the college will be released for public viewing at community meetings early next month and the college administration has already advertised, and received applications, for the position of principal.

Spokeswomen for the Discovery Christian College, and former teacher at the college's sister schools in South Australia, Kylie Evans, said the head of schools would be at the community meetings.

Community meetings will be held in Rosedale on September 5, Miriam Vale on the 6th and Agnes on the 7th.

"Kym Golding, the head of schools, will be available after each meeting and the next day to chat with people about any questions that they will have regarding the college," Ms Evans said.

"At the community meetings, locals will be able to view the master plan for the college, which will be the first public viewing."

The Discovery Christian College will be a non-denominational Christian secondary school that has a similar ethos and philosophy to its sister schools, the Sunrise Christian Schools, which have been in operation for almost 30 years in South Australia.

College courses will be within the guidelines of the new national curriculum and will include some vocational and training programs in tourism, manufacturing, construction, agriculture and environmental sciences.

Gladstone Region Mayor Gail Sellers welcomed the new school in a letter of support and said she was looking forward, as was the community on The Discovery Coast, to the new college opening.

Ms Evans said last year's Census had a positive outlook regarding potential numbers for the school within the catchment area of Agnes Water alone, and the wider area (the old Miriam Vale shire) provided even greater potential for enrolments.

She said before submitting a development application to the council the school administrators would meet with officers and councillors to develop a partnership.

"There is a pre-lodgement meeting for the college with the Gladstone Regional Council in early September," Ms Evans said.

"At the meeting with council, we will be looking to establish a partnership to deliver this essential community facility."

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