New high school comes to Tannum

Jess Corbett (Pastor, MyCity Church), Anthony Corbett (Pastor, MyCity Church), Kahn Goodluck (Deputy Mayor), Dean Loosmore (Executive Director, Clearview CC), James Hewitt (Director, Clearview CC).

Eilish Massie

A former Tannum Sands campground will have a new lease on life when it is turned into a new high school in 2023.

Clearview Christian College is expected to start development at 1 Canoe Point Road, also known as the former Tanyalla Conference Centre site, as early as this year.

Clearview Christian College executive director Dean Loosmore recently secured Development Approval from Gladstone Regional Council to use the existing buildings at the site for the first stages of the high school.

The current buildings on site will cater for three Year 7 classrooms as well as amenities.

“We plan to commence our building program as soon as possible,” Mr Loosmore said.

“Obviously, this will be subject to the relevant guidelines and timeframes for government (State/Commonwealth) capital funding.”

Mr Loosmore said the concept for an independent local high school was identified as a community need back in 2019.

“A group of passionate local parents in partnership with our local church, MyCity Church, discussed the opportunity of an alternate high school offering,” he said.

“School culture, school size and proximity to the local community were raised as valid points of concern.”

Mr Loosmore said the name ‘Clearview’ represented the educational viewpoint of the college.

“It lends itself to the belief that every student should be given the opportunity to build a ‘clear view’ of who they are. Their skills, values and interests are all important factors in their educational journey.”

In 2014, GRC identified the need for an additional high school to augment Tannum Sands State High School.

Deputy Mayor Kahn Goodluck said it was fantastic the community would have another high school option.

“It’s fantastic to see the Tanyalla Centre have a renewed purpose in life,” Mr Goodluck said.

“It’s been around for a long time and there’s plenty of people through generations that have been through that facility on school camps over many years.

“It’s got a new lease on life and it will continue to serve our region for years to come. I think that’s a good thing.”

Mr Goodluck said the new highschool was a great investment for Tannum Sands’ growing community.

“There’s plenty of people that have their kids at Tannum High and it’s a good school too but it’s getting quite large,” he said.

“As our community grows, we are going to need these facilities to service our people.

“This facility coming to our region particularly to Boyne Island Tannum Sands shows our community is growing and thriving.

“Congratulations to them for getting it off the ground.”

Clearview Christian College will initially open for Year 7 students in 2023, however with time would grow to cater additional students.

Mr Loosmore said the school’s initial focus would be on Middle School (year levels 6 to 9) and will expand up to Year 12 over time.

“There is the possibility of offering consecutive Middle School year levels at commencement, subject to demand,” he said.

Mr Loosmore said the school aimed to create a safe and inclusive school community. “We seek to provide an accessible private education choice for parents,” he said.

“Our associated tuition fees will be subject to policy that assists single parent families and/or low income families by offering subsidised tuition fees.”

Clearview Christian College is launching an Expression of Interest campaign on Saturday, 18 September.

Families can register their interest on the school’s website to stay-up-to-date with all the details regarding Clearview Christian College.