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Gateway Community High welcomes it’s inaugural students as the 2021 school year commences


Photo: The first day of school kicked off with breakfast with the students, orientation and then a lunch BBQ.


The start of this school year will be a very special day in the educational calendar for many of its inaugural group of students, as Gateway Community High gets set to open its doors. The initial cohort of year 9 and 10 students are about to make the most of a unique opportunity to re-engage with their learning and thrive in an alternative high school designed to be different to the conventional schooling system.


"I am mainly feeling excited and happy to go to Gateway Community High, but I’m also quite curious as to how this first week is going to go. I have no idea what it’s going to be like, but I’m prepared to use this opportunity as best as I can. I am looking forward to the community that we will have, being such a close group, and I think that will really help all of us help each other to reach our goals."

Gateway Community High Student, 2021


Since launching the school and opening enrolments late last year, the School has been overwhelmed with enquires. The demand has been such that only a few limited places remain for the 2021 intake.


Gateway Community High has worked closely with its referral networks to identify young adults who would benefit from this unique educational opportunity. This collaborative approach has included mainstream public and private schools in surrounding areas and other professionals such as counsellors, support workers and career advisors.


"I am really excited about going to Gateway Community High this year and having a new start - to catch up on my school work and get prepared for my future."

Gateway Community High Student, 2021


Gateway Community High, an initiative of Macquarie Community College, is a special assistance school (not a special needs or behavioural school). The School offers tailored support and special assistance designed to meet the increasing community need for an alternative schooling model focused solely on adolescents who are at risk of disengaging from their education.


“Some of the students who have enrolled have not been in mainstream school for more than a year” says Roger Ashcroft, Gateway Community High Principal. “There will be challenges, but I have a genuine passion to give every young person the best opportunity to create a better future. I believe this is done by ensuring that a student’s wellbeing, sense of belonging and personal growth is as important as their educational goals”.


Gateway Community High will enable students to complete the Year 10 NSW Record of School Achievement (ROSA), and provide a Gateway to ongoing education or training, whether that be Year 11 and 12 or vocational training.


If you are considering options for a young person about to enrol in Year 9 or 10 and would like to learn more about Gateway Community High, please call (02) 8845 8835 or contact us to arrange a consultation.

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