Construction of the Hymba Yumba Community Hub at Springfield Parkway will soon be underway following the official sod turning earlier this month by acting Prime Minister, Wayne Swan.

The State Government has invested more than $750,000 into the Indigenous community hub which boasts a crèche, vocational education services, accommodation and specialised curriculum including cultural lessons from Indigenous elders.

A school, set to cater for up to 300 students from Prep through to Year 12, will be an integral part of the new Greater Springfield Hymba Yumba Community Hub.

Uncle Albert Holt, Chair of the Searchlight Education group driving the project, said students would be encouraged to build strong and proud Indigenous identities in a caring, nurturing school environment.

“Hymba Yumba is founded in the wisdom and precepts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Mr Holt said.

“The school will offer a robust curriculum extending beyond academia, allowing students to also shine in athletic and creative pursuits.”

Close to 80 children are already enrolled at the school with student numbers is expected to almost triple within the first 18 months.

The Hymba Yumba Community Hub will place special focus on assisting young people get their lives back on track and overcome abuse or neglect.

For the first half of the year students will be based at a temporary site at World Knowledge Centre, Education City.

While the school will have a strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander foundation, students from all cultures, religions and socio-economic backgrounds are welcome to enrol.