BY ISABEL EVERETT
The former Saint Alban’s Anglican Church in Charlestown will be transformed into a brand-new secondary school.
The new Alesco Senior College Charlestown campus will welcome 60 students in years nine to 12.
Member of the Legislative Council Taylor Martin said the new school will be a fantastic addition.
“ This is great news for young people who want to complete their Higher School Certificate in an adult learning environment with schooling programs tailored to their individual needs,” Mr Martin said.
“We know traditional schooling isn’t suited to everyone so it’s important we cater for all students in the region.
“The school will open doors for many young people in our community who may have otherwise decided not to complete secondary school, and there are even plans for a small Year 13 career program to help students prepare for life after school.
“This project will deliver a high-quality learning environment for students with brand new facilities in an adaptive reuse of former church buildings.
“At the same time, its delivery will inject more than $270,000 into the economy and create 25 much-needed construction jobs and five operational jobs once complete.”
The new school will feature:
- A central learning area created within the former church hall that will house general learning areas, a computer room, staff room, welfare office, printing and storage rooms and staff amenities
- A multi-purpose school hall with student amenities
- Two courtyard areas to be used as outdoor learning areas
Construction is expected to commence in the coming weeks and will be completed in early 2021.