Margaret Hendry School Q&As

Is Margaret Hendry School being expanded? 

The Education Directorate will be expanding Margaret Hendry School during 2022. Gungahlin continues to be one of the fastest growing regions in Australia and enrolment demand continues to increase in North Gungahlin. Margaret Hendry School is expected to require additional facilities and learning communities to accommodate the enrolment of up to an additional 600 students over the coming decade.

When will work commence and when will it be complete?

The Education Directorate has been working on this project since 2021 with an initial master plan and preliminary sketch plans completed. Hindmarsh Construction Australia has been appointed as Head Contractor and will undertake the expansion of our school. Detailed design development on the preliminary sketch plans will begin. Construction is expected to commence in the mid-2022. The project will have new learning communities ready for the 2023 school year. We note that this may be impacted by weather and COVID-19 factors.​

What will the expanded school look like?

The end goal of the project is the construction of a new Learning Community for up to 600 students that incorporates general learning settings, specialist learning settings including food technology and Science Technology Engineering Art and Maths (STEAM), and small group programs.​

Additional carparking, external play spaces and flexible outdoor learning areas will also be provided, along with the expansion and reconfiguration of existing school facilities including the administration, library and community facilities.​

What work has occurred so far?

Master planning and preliminary design has begun in consultation with the school.

This process has been focused on what can be achieved that does not put increased pressure on the existing school and whilst still providing tangible benefits.​

Increased carparking is essential to support the school community as it expands. A Development Application has already been submitted and approved to expand the school’s carparking.

What safety precautions will be in place to keep our children safe throughout the building process? 

Construction works will be enclosed by secure construction site fence and will be locked at all times.

How can I ask a question? 

If you have any questions about the project, please email your question to and we will respond to your query.