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Expressions of interest being sought for Richard Gill School at Muswellbrook

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Expressions of interest are being sought for the Richard Gill School at Muswellbrook. 

The school will open its doors in 2021 and is currently looking for expressions of interest for enrolments in kindergarten, year 1 and year 2. 

It's a pioneering primary school, founded on the innovative philosophy and vision of renowned music educator and conductor Richard Gill AO.

“Our school, which is non-denominational and independent, will be located in the soon to be vacated Muswellbrook Shire Council Administration Centre which is being purpose-renovated for educational purposes. The school will be driven by Richard Gill’s strong vision of music and physical activity as cornerstones of a sound curriculum. Our strongest desire is to create a warm, supportive, high quality learning environment which enhances the capacity of children to learn and thrive through applied creativity,” Board chair Kim Williams AM said.

“Richard Gill believed a structured program of primary school music education based on singing, moving and creating has benefits for all areas of children’s learning and that every child should have access to quality music education and I am honoured to be involved with moving that vision forward as we establish a unique creative school for regional NSW. The school will lead not only in creative tuition, but also in the 21 st century disciplines of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” Kim Williams said.

In January 2020 Mr Chris English was appointed founding principal. Chris is a highly experienced educator and musician and has worked in various teaching and leadership roles in the Hunter Valley and beyond.

"It's a brilliant opportunity for the region, as people may know Richard Gill had a huge presence internationally and nationally as a music teacher, a conductor, an education advocate as well through his appearances on TedX and Spicks and Specks and Q and A, so he's really been a champion for the arts and for music," said Chris English.

"Treating the arts and music and movement as an opportunity for young people to reach their potential and unlock different ways of learning."

"We're working with some brilliant designers and they've planned a five stage approach to refitting the building," said Chris English

"We are an independent school, the reality of starting a school like this is it needed to be done independently and with that we do have some financial reliance on school fees but we want to make it really affordable and really reasonable for the community so we're looking at other schools in other areas and the types of fees people are paying for those and we're going to try our absolute best to match, if not be lower that those fees which I think for the caliber and the exciting education that we are going to deliver is incredible."

The school is currently finalising registration with the NSW Education standards authority. An early information prospectus is now available and expressions of interest for enrolment are being accepted. Visit www.richardgillschool.org.au for more information or to register your interest email
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