Next steps ‘pop up’ for Northern Rivers schools

Temporary classrooms will be used to help rehouse students and schools affected by the floods.

A photo of a row of desks with the government logo superimposed on the image.

In response to devastating flooding, 100 ‘pop-up’ classrooms are ready to be rolled out across the Northern Rivers, as nine significantly damaged schools are earmarked for rebuilding.

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said that more than 1,200 students and 150 teachers from nine schools had been learning from other sites, using the school within a school model which prioritises keeping students and their teachers together.

“Efforts to get pop-up classrooms installed have been somewhat hampered by ongoing poor weather, but I want to assure the community that as soon the ground is sufficiently dry, our Department of Education teams will be getting them in place,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Having visited the flood-affected schools a few times now, I am in awe of the spirit of generosity and incredible efforts from principals, teachers and school staff to get the best learning and wellbeing supports in place for their students.

“We will be consulting the community every step of the way as we plan the rebuilding of these nine schools.”

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said schools were the hubs of local communities, particularly for small towns across the Northern Rivers region.

“The determination, resilience and kindness within these communities has been amazing to witness,” Ms Cooke said.

“Schools have an incredible ability to bring our communities together which is why it’s so important to have them repaired and operational as soon as possible.”

Pop-up classrooms were on their way with an aim to having them set up as early as possible in Term 2.

School Current As early as possible in Term 2

Blakebrook PS


School within a school at Goolmangar PS

Pop up school at Blakebrook PS site


Broadwater PS


School within a school at Evans River

Pop up school at Evans River CS site


Condong PS


Murwillumbah Jockey Club


Pop up school at Murwillumbah South Infants site


Lismore South PS


School within a school Goonellabah PS

Pop up up school at Lismore South site


The Rivers Secondary College - Richmond River Campus

School within a school at Lismore Campus


Pop up school at Lismore Campus site


Tumbulgum PS

School within a school at Cudgen PS

Pop up school at Tumblegum PS


The following schools with smaller cohorts will continue as schools within a school for the time being:

  • Cabbage Tree Island PS - School within a school at Southern Cross PS
  • Empire Vale PS - School within a school at Southern Cross PS
  • Wardell PS - School within a school at Alstonville PS
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