GREG THOMSON, NT News
THE Territory’s newest residential boarding school will accept its first intake of 20 indigenous teenage students from the start of the 2017 school year.
The new residential facility at Nhulunbuy High School on the Gove Peninsula, 650km east of Darwin, is being built at a cost of $20 million — with contractor Norbuilt on schedule for completion this year.
The centre has been designed to improve access to secondary schooling education for students from East Arnhem’s remote area communities and homelands.
Chief Minister Michael Gunner said students will be housed in single, double and four-bed student rooms with a separate computer centre, music centre, basketball circle stage and amphitheatre.
The boarding centre’s commercial kitchen, dining room and BBQ deck overlooking the school oval has been designed to accommodate further staged expansion of the boarding beds to 80 students, he said.
Mr Gunner said the initial intake of 20 students was planned to ensure the remote area pupils were integrated into the high school’s broader population in the new school year.
Mr Gunner said: “The design of the boarding facility includes separate space for families of the students so they can visit and assist their children in adapting to the school environment.