New schools' inaugural students try on uniforms for size

Students attending the four new public schools opening in Aldinga, Angle Vale, Goolwa, and Whyalla next year have taken their newly revealed uniforms for a spin at Aldinga Payinthi College today.

The uniforms showcase their individual brand and colour combinations, with Aldinga Payinthi College paying tribute to their Aboriginal name through a unique design telling a story of the role community connectedness plays in one's learning journey.

Designed by Ngarrindjeri artist Jordan Lovegrove, the artwork features a large meeting place representing the college where the school community comes together with smaller meeting places representing the smaller groups within. The large pathway leading through the artwork symbolises the learning journey travelled together.

Minister for Education John Gardner said the new uniforms are a significant milestone ahead of the schools opening their doors next year.

"As part of the Marshall Liberal Government's record $1.4 billion investment into education infrastructure we're providing families with five new schools with state of the art learning facilities, four of which will be ready to open to families at the beginning of term 1 2022," said Minister Gardner.

"These school uniforms will play an important role in creating a sense of identity, belonging, and pride among students and their community.

"The school communities have been eagerly awaiting the big reveal of the uniforms, and I'm certain they won't be disappointed with the selection.

"These world-class schools will be such welcome additions for families in Aldinga, Angle Vale, Goolwa and Whyalla and I know many have been watching the construction progress with great interest.

"Having these uniforms ready to go is an exciting reminder we are so close to opening these new schools and seeing them come to life with their first intake of students.

"The Marshall Liberal Government is building what matters and our pipeline of education capital works projects are providing thousands of jobs and leaving a legacy of improved education services for children and young people."

The new uniforms feature a choice of items available in the school colours ranging from rugby jumpers and jackets, polo shirts, to chinos and trousers. Whyalla Secondary College will offer uniforms for school sport competitions for football, basketball, soccer, and netball.

The design and concept of the school uniforms were determined locally, in consultation with their community.

Future families will be provided details on how to purchase the uniforms once enrolled.

In 2022 Aldinga Payinthi College and Riverbanks College B-12 will open to students in preschool to year 8, Goolwa Secondary College will open to students in year 7 and 8, and Whyalla Secondary College will open to students from year 7 to 12.

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