Richard Gill School founding principal Chris English hails new Muswellbrook educational facility

Muswellbrook Shire Council's spokesperson for the arts Jason Foy and Richard Gill School founding principal Chris English
Muswellbrook Shire Council's spokesperson for the arts Jason Foy and Richard Gill School founding principal Chris English

THE emergence of the Richard Gill School is a major coup for the region, according to Muswellbrook Shire Council's spokesperson for the arts Jason Foy.

Cr Foy and founding principal Chris English announced expressions of interest for enrolments were now open from this week for the facility, which will be located in council's administration centre in 2021.

The secular independent primary school, starting with students from Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2, is founded on the innovative philosophy and vision of renowned music educator and conductor, the late Richard Gill AO.

It will lead not only in creative tuition, but also in the 21st century disciplines of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

"Given my background, as head teacher of creative and performing arts at Muswellbrook High School, it's an amazing educational opportunity in the area," Cr Foy said.

"It's a school with a keen focus on music - that's the point of difference.

"But, it is not its sole aim to produce musicians.

"We want to see the youngsters grow musically, physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually, developing life foundations of responsibility, confidence, resilience, purpose and performance.

"With music and physical education as cornerstones of the curriculum, the school will offer regional pupils a chance to engage in a unique situation where creativity plays a central role in all key learning disciplines."

Cr Foy also praised the appointment of Mr English, who grew up in the Hunter Valley and now calls Muswellbrook "home".

"Council is thrilled to have Chris on board," he said.

"He's brought much enthusiasm to the role - and done a lot in a short space of time.

"Chris is certainly the best fit for (founding) principal."

Mr English, a highly-experienced educator and musician, admitted he was "privileged" to lead the Richard Gill School.

"I look forward to working with the community and welcoming our first intake of children and their families," he said.

"Our door is open to those from Muswellbrook, Aberdeen, Denman, Merriwa, Murrurundi, Scone and Singleton - and beyond.

"Richard Gill School offers an exciting educational journey in a very special environment where creativity will take a major role alongside the full suite of primary school subjects."

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"By registering an interest, parents will be kept up to date with matters relating to the school including construction works, curriculum development, school registration, community forums and formal enrolments periods," Mr English said.