YANCHEP Secondary College opened today with more than 600 students strolling through the gates.
Principal James Kent said the school opened with 604 students enrolled from years 7 to 11 and 57 teaching staff.
“It’s a very exciting day; the community is very excited just we are,” he said.
Dr Kent said the numbers exceed the Education Department’s original prediction of 430 students and the focus for the first day was on orientation.
“We are spending a day with students to get to know them and to get them used to the site,” he said.
Students waiting for the gates to open said they were “excited” and “nervous”.
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Woodridge resident Jack Atyeo (11) was starting in Year 7, having attended Two Rocks Primary School and said he was looking forward to using the sports facilities.
“If they have drama classes, I will do that for sure,” he said.
His friend, Dylan Howells (12), of Sovereign Hill, said he was “a little nervous as well as excited” to start at the “massive” school.
Eglinton’s Tai Hislop (12) also said he was excited to be going to a new school with some of his footy friends, including Brock Bastick (11).
“I think it’s great; there’s eight basketball hoops,” Brock said.
Year 8 student Zakary Bunney (12) recently moved to Eglinton and said his interests lay in mathematics and science as well as basketball.
“It looks pretty nice,” he said of the school grounds.
Education Minister Sue Ellery visited in the afternoon to officially open the $43.5 million school, which had originally been scheduled to open mid-2018.