New school could be 'best in the nation'

PARTNERSHIP: Premier Steven Marshall and Sarah Constructions Project Manager Terry Kildea on the site of the new $100m school.
PARTNERSHIP: Premier Steven Marshall and Sarah Constructions Project Manager Terry Kildea on the site of the new $100m school.

Whyalla's $100 million new secondary school has the potential to be the best in the nation, according to Premier Steven Marshall.

Mr Marshall visited the site of the Year 7-12 school on Wednesday and met with employees of Sarah Constructions, the company undertaking the build of the facility, as well as Principal Tricia Richman.

Construction of the school, which will feature a three-storey build with an oval the size of Adelaide Oval, commenced earlier this year and is well on track to completed for a 2022 opening.

GFG Alliance has provided 97 per cent of the steel for the project thus far and half of the 270 contractors working on the project have been local workers.

The workforce is expected to grow up to 1000 people as the process escalates.

Around 1200 students will be expected when the school opens, with the capacity for 1500 and the potential to expand up to 1800 in the future as the Whyalla population increases.

Premier Marshall said he believed the school would be the best in Australia, with state-of-the-art education facilities and indoor and outdoor sporting facilities.

"I couldn't be more excited about this project, it really is going to be a marker for this area that demonstrates the importance of a quality education," he said.

"This is one of the best investments our government could possibly make into this region...I was talking to the builder Terry (Kildea) who said this will be the very best school in Australia, and I believe him."

PROGRESS: Premier Steven Marshall (middle) with representatives from Sarah Constructions and the Department of Education at the new school site.

PROGRESS: Premier Steven Marshall (middle) with representatives from Sarah Constructions and the Department of Education at the new school site.

Project Manager Terry Kildea said a big focus of Sarah Constructions' tendering process was to recruit locals to work on the construction.

"We wanted to prioritise guys who are going to engage with the local trades and get members of the local community onsite," he said.

"At the moment we are tracking really well on construction, we're probably slightly ahead. There are so many faces to this build that we are ahead on different levels on different fronts."

Principal Tricia Richman, who was chosen for the position in July, said she was 'overjoyed' to see the school taking shape.

Currently three names for the new school - Whyalla Secondary School, Whyalla Secondary College and Spencer Gulf College - are out for community consultation, which Ms Richman has been facilitating.

"I encourage all Whyalla community members to have their say and tell us what they think of those three names," she said.

GFG Alliance Chairman Sanjeev Gupta said the school was using 800 tonnes of steel made at the Whyalla steelworks.

"I am delighted that this impressive structure will be using high quality local steel," he said.

"I must congratulate the state government on their commitment to Whyalla and the domestic steel industry. These investments that utilise local supplies are critical in these uncertain times."