New Finigan School of Distance Education in Queanbeyan

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New Finigan School of Distance Education in Queanbeyan


A new distance education school will be operating in Queanbeyan in 2019 and will be named after an Australian pioneer and world leader in distance education.

The Finigan School of Distance Education, a new $18 million facility at the Queanbeyan High School site in Agnes St, has been officially named after teacher Walter Finigan.

Mr Finigan established The Correspondence School in NSW in 1924, the world’s first distance education school. The school initially had 2,335 students and grew to become the largest school in the world with 7,460 students from across Australia and overseas in the 1960s.

Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro today officially announced the school’s new name, saying the school would honour Mr Finigan and his contribution to distance education in Australia and overseas.

“Walter Finigan was a world leader in distance education, and it is a fitting tribute to him and his legacy that this new school will bear his name,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The new Queanbeyan school will provide many thousands of students with what they need to achieve their potential.

“It is an example how we’re delivering high-quality education facilities for students and communities across New South Wales.”

The purpose-built school will meet the education needs of approximately 700 students in south eastern NSW and is scheduled to start operation early in 2019.

It will enrol students from Kindergarten to Year 12 and it will amalgamate and replace the current distance education schools at Queanbeyan Public School and Karabar High School.