The Adelaide Archdiocese and Catholic Education South Australia will establish a new education and community services village for disadvantaged young people in the northern suburbs of Adelaide.
The $14.5 million investment has been endorsed by the South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools (SACCS) following two years of planning and consultation by the Archdiocese and CESA.
The bold initiative will support the wellbeing, needs and aspirations of vulnerable youth and their families in the Playford area by providing new opportunities for learning, work and community participation.
After extensive exploration of potential sites in Playford, CESA has secured a 4ha precinct at Davoren Park which will be developed as the location for the village.
“We are expanding special assistance schooling options for young people in the northern suburbs requiring an alternative approach to mainstream schooling,” SACCS chair Denis Ralph said.
“In partnership with Edmund Rice Education Australia, an outreach program will open in 2021 catering for students aged 12-17. The venture will expand on the existing northern outreach program that already engages approximately 70 young people,” Professor Ralph said.
“Planned to open in 2022, the new fee-free school will support young people aged 17-24 who are experiencing social, emotional or behavioural difficulties, with special programs to support their learning and development.”
Adelaide Archdiocese vicar general Fr Philip Marshall said: “We believe there is a significant opportunity to break cycles of disadvantage by adopting new approaches to education. We will provide a range of services that will include early intervention and family support in a welcoming and inclusive setting.”