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July 2024 | Media Releases

New Catholic school for Adelaide’s north

South Australia’s newest Catholic School will open in Riverlea Park in 2027.

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Chloe and Lilly with new puppy Leah

The new School will be the 120th Catholic School campus delivered in South Australia and will cater for students from early years all the way through to Year 12.

It will meet the needs of the growing population in Walker Corporation’s Riverlea development and the surrounding regions with construction of the School expected to start in 2025.

Located just 25 minutes from the Adelaide CBD, the new Catholic School campus will be the first for the masterplanned community, which will eventually be home to over 40,000 residents.

The state-of-the-art Catholic School will include:

  • Innovative multi-storey desig
  • Contemporary classrooms and facilities designed to support the School’s extensive curriculum and facilitate quality learning experiences
  • An ELC for children from 6 months – 5 years, plus an OSHC available to enrolled students

The School will open at the start of the 2027 school year for students from Reception to Year 6 and will progressively grow to cater for all year levels. Stage 1 of the build is expected to cost in excess of $60 million and create approximately 1,300 local construction jobs.

“We can’t wait for our kids to be able to walk to and from school in a safe environment and learn locally with other children who live nearby.”

Chloe Hallam - Riverlea resident
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Riverlea residents Chloe Hallam and daughter Lilly with new puppy Leah

“It was really important to us when we chose to move to Riverlea that our son would have access to great education and amenities close to home, so it’s exciting knowing that when he’s ready to go to school, he can be at the same one from beginning to end with his friends from the area.”

Sonia Kandel - Riverlea resident
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Sonia and Nabin Kandel with five month old son Nehan

“We are proud to partner with Catholic Education to bring our first school to Riverlea, giving thousands of families access to high quality education and the opportunity to stay at the same school from early learning, right through to high school.”

David Gallant - Walker Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
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Riverlea entry lakes off Port Wakefield Road

Comments from Project partners:

Mr David Gallant, Managing Director and CEO, Walker Corporation

"The new school is conveniently located in the heart of the first neighbourhoods we are building to ensure kids and parents only have a short walk from their front door to the school gates."

"Quality education has always been one of the central pillars in our vision for Riverlea, along with recreational facilities and wide-open spaces, shops and restaurants, transport and connectivity, all just 25 minutes' drive to the city.”

Dr Neil McGoran, Executive Director, Catholic Education South Australia

“We are pleased to be expanding our provision of quality Catholic education to families in the northern suburbs. The school will be the 120th Catholic school campus in South Australia. This follows the successful development of new campuses at Two Wells, Davoren Park and Renmark in recent years. Last month, we also announced plans to open a new school in Strathalbyn in 2029."

"This new school development is part of our commitment to expanding Catholic Education pathways and building an even stronger focus on student learning and quality teaching.”