First look for Adelaide Botanic High School students

Adelaide Botanic High School’s first students have today toured their new $100m school for the very first time.

Sixteen excited students, who are entering year 8 at the school next year, toured through the school’s Frome Street location, which is in the final stages of construction before opening in term 1, 2019.

Premier Steven Marshall said he was excited by the opportunities that the state’s newest high school will provide its students.

“I am excited that next year the doors will finally open for the first time, and it’s fantastic that today students are able to get a sense of the environment for the first time,” said Premier Marshall.

“Its location near the Botanic Gardens, East End and oRAH precincts also ensures these students will benefit from engagement with our broader innovation hub, universities and business.

“My hope is that these students will be challenged and inspired to become the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.

“The Liberal Party has long argued for new high school facilities in the city, and is committed to ensuring that this is an outstanding school which delivers the best possible learning experiences.”

Significant progress has been made on the build, which comprises the refurbished Reid building that is linked by an active atrium to a new building with a rooftop terrace, with a basement in each building.

Progress on the build also includes:

  • the roof and all 7 floor slabs on the new building are complete and the external façade is being finalised;
  • fit-out of the new building is underway which includes painting, carpentry, internal glazing, floor finishes and joinery;
  • structural steel elements of the atrium are near completion and work is underway to install structural timber and flooring, stairs, handrails and roofing; and
  • internal structural steel is being installed throughout the Reid building and fit-out of the basement and levels 1 – 4 is underway.

Education Minister John Gardner said the school’s modern learning environment should provide exceptional outcomes for students.

“Adelaide Botanic High embodies the contemporary learning approach students can expect in tertiary study or the modern workplace, and its unique learning environment will give them every opportunity to prosper,” said Minister Gardner.

“Today’s year 8 cohort are participating through the school’s selective entry Health and Sciences (STEM) pathway, where students will work with teacher and industry mentors to encourage their interest in STEM fields.

“This is a school that will showcase the best of public education and 21st century learning, grounded in the important areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

“It has been predicted that by 2025, one in every seven workers in SA will be in a STEM related job.

“It is vital that our education system equips students with skills that meet workforce needs and lead to real jobs.”

Adelaide Botanic High School is the state’s first vertical school and second city high school and will start with years 8 and 9 students initially, growing to 1250 students by 2021.