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The state’s first STEM-focused school, to be located at Sydney Science Park, at Luddenham, was officially announced by the Premier of New South Wales, the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian today, offering cutting-edge educational opportunities unrivalled in Australia.
The event was also attended by NSW Minister for Education, the Hon. Rob Stokes, the Mayor of Penrith, John Thain, Bishop of Parramatta, Vincent Long Van Nguyen, OFM Conv, and NSW Minister for Women, Mental Health and Aging, Tanya Davies.
All were on hand to witness the signing of the joint agreement by the Executive Director of Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP), Greg Whitby, and CEO of Celestino, developers of Sydney Science Park, John Vassallo.
Celestino Chief Executive John Vassallo, said the school will be a cornerstone of the Sydney Science Park community. Education has always been at the core of our vision and today’s signing is the realisation of years of planning. We are very proud to be partnering with the CEDP on this landmark project.
The CEDP school in Sydney Science Park will be a unique learning community in which students will study, among other things, how to code robots, liaise with NASA space stations and discover the latest in IT programming.
The first school of its kind in Australia, it will be “pre to post” (preschool to beyond Year 12) and draw on the collaboration and resources of businesses, research organisations, educational institutions and community groups within Sydney Science Park. This innovative approach will examine how resources within the school, which will be open beyond normal hours, are used.. Students and teachers will also be able to contribute back to the community through real-world learning projects.
With a strong focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, students and teachers will be able to connect physically and virtually with other schools, learners and educators around the world through collaborative learning opportunities and state-of-the-art, online learning platforms.
CEDP Executive Director Greg Whitby said through local and global networks, CEDP’s school within the Sydney Science Park will make a positive and real contribution to our changing and challenging world.
“This school will also work with post-school institutions to provide direct enrolment to their courses rather than access via the traditional HSC/ATAR pathway,” he said.