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What you need to know about a new school coming to Redbank Plains

The site on Halletts Road where Brisbane Catholic Education plans to build a new primary school.

Brisbane Catholic Education has been given the go ahead to build a new primary school on Halletts Road at Redbank Plains. Here’s what you need to know:

It will start small, but get big

The first two stages (of eight) will include classrooms, an administration building, covered PE space, canteen, play space and IT area to accommodate up to 186 students and 18 staff. Once it is fully developed, it will have enough classrooms and facilities to cater for about 780 students and 50 staff.

It’s being built in a booming area

Redbank Plains is consistently among the city’s fastest growing suburbs, with council’s latest Planning and Development Quarterly Activity Report ranking it first for population growth. In the 2018 June quarter another 419 people decided to call the suburb home taking its total population to 21,939 – that’s a growth rate of 1.95 per cent.

It will join a network of Catholic schools 

Brisbane Catholic Education operates more than 130 schools in the Archdiocese of Brisbane, which covers a geographical area that includes much of south-east Queensland. The Redbank Plains school is one of several new campuses planned for the region, with 20 new Catholic schools planned for the next decade including at nearby Plainland, Yarrabilba and Flagstone.

You won’t have to wait long

Construction is set to begin in March/April 2019 with the school expected to open in time for the 2020 school year. Brisbane Catholic Education expects it will open as a P-3 school initially, increasing by one year level at a time in subsequent years to eventually become a P-6 school.

It’s not the first Catholic school in Redbank Plains

There was a small Catholic school in a different location at Redbank Plains in the 1860s and 1870s. It closed when St Francis Xavier primary school at Goodna opened.

Dwelling and population hotspots June 2018. Source: Quarterly Activity Report June 2018 

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