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College powering on

A new school has reached a number of milestones in its journey, as it readies to boost educational facilities at the southern end of the Coast.

Enrolments are open, construction is about to commence and a foundation principal has been announced for the Sunshine Coast’s newest school.

Construction of Stage 1 of Notre Dame College at Bells Creek – for Prep to Year 12 – is starting this month and will continue throughout 2024, ahead of the opening in January 2025.

Brisbane Catholic Education executive director Dr Sally Towns has announced that former Unity College principal Dan McShea will be the foundation principal of the college.

“Notre Dame College is our newest flagship Sunshine Coast school in the heart of the growing Aura community,” she says. “Dan McShea is an experienced educator with deep roots in the community.”

Mr McShea says he is looking forward to creating the new Catholic co-educational college.

“It’s an honour and an amazing opportunity to lead a Prep to Year 12 school of this magnitude from its inception,” he says.

“I could not be happier to be involved in establishing the school’s culture and building a community of excellent educators and school leaders.”

Notre Dame College will have the capacity to welcome a cohort of up to 200 students at the beginning of the 2025 school year in Prep, Year 1 to Year 3 and Year 7.

The college will welcome 15 school staff initially.

It will continue to grow each year to cater for more than 1800 students and employ 280 staff upon completion in 2030.

Stage 1 of the college, which is on a 7.9-hectare site on Aura Boulevard, will include five buildings comprising general learning areas and administration block, a sports court and car park.

Mr McShea says a temporary school office at Stockland Baringa will become the centre for student enrolment interviews and staff recruitment, prior to school buildings being completed.

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