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Tasmanian CEO eyes schools expansion


Soaring demand has prompted a feasibility study for a Year 7-10 Catholic secondary school in the Kingston area of Hobart.

The Mercury reports that options include a second campus of Sandy Bay's Mt Carmel College, which would remain unchanged.

Catholic Education director Dan White told the Mercury that student numbers in the Hobart area are growing at more than 1% a year.

"If a family moved from Sydney now and they wanted to enrol their children in Year 7 they'd be unlikely to be able to," Mr White said. "Three years ago they probably would have. Last year we had 100 extra children, which is quite significant across half a dozen colleges."

A preliminary demographic study showed population growth in the Kingborough and Huon areas may support an extra school.

There is no Catholic secondary school in the area and many children travel to Hobart, often to Mt Carmel as the more southern school.

"We estimate we may have another 150 to 200 potential students in the Kingborough-Huon area who would probably access a Catholic School but because of travel and distance choose not to," Mr White said.

That was on top of the children who travelled to Hobart for school. The Catholic Church owned land in the Huntingfield area near Kingston, although many studies would have to be done before a site was chosen.

SOURCE
Catholics eye school expansion (The Mercury 17/12/04)

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Catholic Education Tasmania

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17 Dec 2004