A BRAND new college will be built in Coomera to help cater for the surging population on the northern Gold Coast.
The Prep to Year 12 Catholic college will be constructed on 10 hectares of land off Kerkin Road South, between Dreamworld and Pimpama, and will have room for more than 1,800 students.
The yet-to-be-named school will take the total number in Coomera and its sister suburb, Upper Coomera to 10.
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According to the latest census data, Upper Coomera is now the largest suburb on the Gold Coast, home to more than 30,000 residents.
Slated to open in 2019, the new college will serve the rapidly developing areas of Coomera, Pimpama, and Ormeau, where the school-age population is booming, growing by up to 14% per year.
The school will first take students in Prep to Year 3 and Year 7, while its first Year 12 students will graduate in 2024.
The new education facility will be part of the Catholic parish of Coomera and will take enrollment pressure off Assisi Catholic College at Upper Coomera.
Development approval has been granted by the Gold Coast City Council for the site, which is master planned as a four stream primary and six stream secondary school.
Its planned opening will be dependent on capital funding approval, with approvals already granted by the Office of Non-State Schooling and the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane.
Parish Priest, Fr John Echewodo, welcomed the announcement.
“It is wonderful to see the educational mission of the Church growing in Coomera and throughout the northern Gold Coast,” Fr John said.
“Thousands of people are moving into this area each year, and many of them are families who are seeking a quality Catholic education for their children.”
Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) has formed a Steering Committee to plan for the school’s foundation and opening.
The committee comprises local residents, parishioners and BCE staff and will provide advice on a suitable name for the college and its educational philosophy, offerings and enrolment procedures.