Thousands of students returning to upgraded schools across NSW

All NSW students will begin returning to classrooms today as the COVID-19 restrictions ease with thousands of students setting foot into upgraded schools.

25 May 2020
An open-plan learning area with a mix of seating options.
Image: New learning areas at Waitara Public School.

Thousands of students will benefit from 14 major school upgrades that have opened already in Term 2, and one more to open soon. This represents a $280 million investment in children’s education.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell acknowledged it was an exciting day for students as they head back to school full-time.

“Thank you to teachers, principals and parents who have worked hard to support students during the pandemic. I am so pleased students will be returning to the classroom today,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Thousands of students across NSW will be returning to upgraded classrooms, performance studios, sports facilities, outdoor learning areas, halls and libraries.

“I am proud of the fact that even during our darkest days of the pandemic; the jackhammers have still been going in NSW. Projects are still being progressed and built, including schools. The 15 upgraded schools have kept 10,000 people in jobs right across NSW.”

Ms Mitchell said education is one of the keys to a successful life and she was happy to see every student returning to the classroom today.

“I’m sure the students will be thrilled to get back to the classroom and many are returning to new and upgraded schools today,” Ms Mitchell said.

“We are in the middle of delivering a four-year $6.7 billion investment into public education infrastructure and I am pleased that we have pushed ahead, despite the difficulties presented by COVID-19.”

The delivery of the upgraded schools comes on top of the NSW Government’s efforts to fast-track the assessment of new and upgraded schools and universities across NSW.

Major school upgrades that have opened already in Term 2

  • North Rocks Public School
  • Lidcombe Public School
  • Penshurst West Public School
  • Riverstone High School
  • Callaghan College, Jesmond Campus
  • Wangi Wangi Public School
  • Curl Curl North Public School
  • Killara High School
  • William Stimson Public School
  • Greenwich Public School – Kingslangley Road Campus
  • Waitara Public School
  • West Ryde Public School
  • Canley Vale High School
  • Hurstville Public School

Schools that will open before the end of Term 2

  • Banksia Road Public School
  • Media releases
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