GOOGONG'S sustainable and environmentally conscious design has been integrated into plans for the town's very first school which will use recycled water and thermal walls.
Plans for the Anglican School Googong were unveiled on Wednesday, August 14.
Bob Sly from Munns Sly Moor Architects explained some of the environmental principles incorporated into the design.
He said the school would make use of two methods of water retention using water tanks and incorporating the town's Integrated Water Cycling system.
This system enables more than half of Googong's wastewater to be recycled and used to irrigate open spaces, parks, and wetlands, and for use in washing machines and toilets.
"There will be no air conditioning, there will be thermal plates and convection currents [to heat and cool]," he said. "There will also be an area for organic farming."
The co-education facility will eventually accommodate up to 1100 students and feature contemporary learning environments, a student hub, library, hall, basketball courts, outdoor amphitheatre and buildings.
Work on the early learning centre and primary school will commence in early 2014 in time for the start of the following school year. A high school will also be built in the coming years.
The school will be constructed and operated by the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn.
Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn Stuart Robinson was on hand at the unveiling of the plans and said this type of school was the first they have attempted in the last decade.
"It's a magnificent school, beautifully designed and it will fit well within the community," he said.
"I understand from surveys we've already had expressions [of interest] from more than 150 people who have said 'that's the kind of school we want to associate with'."
Mayor Tim Overall said the Anglican School Googong would provide educational choice for parents across the region.
"It will be significant asset to not only Queanbeyan but to the wider region ... I think there's demand for this Anglican school from not only residents of Googong, Jerrabomberra and Queanbeyan but the whole south east region, south Canberra in particular," he said.
"I foresee it will be an enormous success."