The first task of a new “School Steering Committee” or “Consultation Committee” to be formed by interested parents is to decide upon a new name for the new Caloundra South School. With a brief timeline available, it is all hands on deck as the school’s Steering Committee will eventually become the Interim School P&C and is to be in place by August 15th.
Until the school has an ‘official’ name, administrative progress is at a standstill. A School uniform cannot be decided upon, bank accounts cannot be created and other administrative details cannot be completed until this basic task is undertaken.
Around 100 interested residents, parents and children attended the 1st Public Meeting at Meridan State College on August 3rd where they were introduced to the new Caloundra South School and its Foundation Principal Noel Baggs.
Noel has assumed principal duties in numerous Sunshine Coast Schools and is excited to take on the huge task of a establishing a new school.
Eventually Caloundra South will host 7 more State schools, a University and several Private Schools. A new Caloundra South Secondary School, still to be built on an adjacent site to the new Primary School, is due to open in 2020. The new P-6 School will eventually accommodate up to 1100 students and this total should be reached in around 5 to 6 years. By day 1 (January 22nd 2018) the new school anticipates around 300 students will be enrolled taking up around 14 classrooms. Much of the Stage 1 construction is expected to be completed by November this year with 22 classrooms available for use. Stage 2 will see a further 12 classrooms completed for the commencement of 2019. The total budget for the new school is in the region of $34 million.
The school is designated STEM school focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Mr Baggs is extremely excited with the task in front of him and expects to be in a position to announce the new Deputy Principal in two weeks time and other staff appointments by November. The highly experienced Mrs Dianne Winthropp has been appointed as the school’s “Business Services Manager” and is hard at work preparing the administrative chores associated with the creation of a new school.
The new school will be a ‘zoned school’ which means that in most cases, for a child to enrol at the new school, they must be in the school’s ‘zone’ which includes Baringa, Bellvista, Bells Reach and other sections of “Caloundra West”. However children currently attending schools such as Meridan can continue there as will be able any younger siblings still too young for school as long as their older brother or sister remains enrolled at Meridan.
Initial enrolment at the new school will be available online. The school’s new website is due to go live early in August and Facebook page cannot be created until the school’s name has been accepted. BeCA will provide a link for the new website as it becomes available. Following finalizing the online enrolment application, students and families will attend an interview to determine any special needs or talents a prospective student may have and for the school to ensure these needs are best catered for.
Mr Baggs expects he will have finalized staffing appointments for 2018 by November this year ensuring all systems are in place for Jan 22nd 2018. Staff appointments are being ‘purposefully selected from all areas across Queensland.
Also at the meeting was Stockland’s Adrian Allen who told BeCA that school drop off and pick up areas had been carefully planned to ensure a smooth a time as possible would be available to parents.
You can contact Mr Baggs to express an interest in being involved or with any queries you may have via email. firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are two embedded documents. 1. The Proposed Agenda for the “Consultation Committee” meeting at Meridan on Tuesday August 8th. 2. The proposed Meetings Timeline prior to the School Opening.