Evelyn Scott School is located in Denman Prospect. The Priority Enrolment Area for the school includes the suburbs of Denman Prospect and Molonglo (yet to be constructed).

The school will cater for 88 preschool and 600 primary school students when it opens for Term 1 2021. Stage 2 of the school, which is yet to be constructed, will provide high school accommodation for an additional 600 year 7-10 students, ready for the start of the 2023 school year. The high school will integrate with the primary school to form a preschool to Year 10 learning facility.

Dr Evelyn Scott

The school is the first in the ACT to be named after an indigenous women, Dr Evelyn Scott AO. Dr Scott was an advocate for reconciliation and the advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and women for more than 30 years.

Dr Scott began her advocacy in the Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advancement League in the 1960s. She was active in the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI) and the landmark ‘Yes’ campaign for the 1967 Referendum.

Dr Scott was Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Woman from 1994 and Chair of the Aboriginal Reconciliation Council, established in 1991, between 1997 and 2000.

During her term as Chair of the Aboriginal Reconciliation Council, 250,000 people marched across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the Walk for Reconciliation, Corroboree 2000, in support of meaningful reconciliation between Australia’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

In 2003 Dr Scott was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the community through leadership in the area of reconciliation, as an advocate for the empowerment of indigenous women, and as an instrumental figure in the establishment of legal, housing, employment and medical services for indigenous communities.

Community facilities

For school and community use, a sporting oval suitable for soccer, rugby league and rugby union and featuring two cricket nets will be completed during stage 1. Additionally, the general-purpose double gymnasium will be suitable for roller derby training and competitions and include two full sized courts with line markings for basketball, futsal or indoor soccer, netball, volleyball and badminton.

Evelyn Scott School will be a significant community and sporting facility which will allow spectators to watch indoor sports and events throughout the year. The school will have meeting rooms for a range of activities and gatherings.

All these facilities will be available for community use by arrangement outside of school hours.

You can find more information about Evelyn Scott School here: http://www.evelynscottschool.act.edu.au/