First STEM school to open in 2019

Gladys Berejiklian at the STEM launch (Celestino)

The nation's first science-focused school will be run by Catholic Education in the Diocese of Parramatta, reports ABC News.

Opening in 2019, the science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) school will take students from pre-school to Year 12 and will be part of Sydney Science Park, a development being planned for Londonderry in western Sydney, not far from Badgerys Creek airport.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who spoke at yesterday's announcement at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, said a STEM school would put NSW at the cutting edge of education in the nation.

"When we think about what will be possible at this STEM school ... it has no bounds and no limits," she said. "Our young people are already engaging in technology more than ever and actually have skills and expertise we could only dream about.

"Just this morning I had some students telling me how they were exchanging data from here to an international space station."

Lily Popovich, who is studying chemistry and biology at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, said the new school was important so students had a chance to consider working in the science industry.

"I think it's needed so more people understand what science is about and see if they want to get into it career-wise, because it's the future," she said.

The diocese's executive director, Greg Whitby, said schools had to keep pace with the dramatic changes in modern society.

"Unfortunately our education systems have struggled to keep pace with these changes," he said.

"We realise that we need to look ahead with new eyes.

"The young people of western Sydney deserve this opportunity - we owe these young people the best."


NSW's first STEM school to open in western Sydney in partnership with Catholic Education (ABC News)


NSW’s first STEM-focused school to revolutionise education (Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta)

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