School Playgrounds To Be Open For Summer Holiday Fun

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By: Alex Harmon, ellaslist

School's out! But that doesn't mean your kids can't enjoy their (no doubt) favourite part of school - the playgrounds! In a case of, why did anyone think of this before, 42 NSW public schools will open their school gates over summer in a new trial program by the State Government. 

Education Minister Rob Stokes said courts, ovals, and green spaces at selected primary and high schools will be opened up to allow people to hang out, play and exercise at their local school over the holiday break.

"As fewer and fewer families have access to backyards and private open spaces, we need to make sure that the beautiful green spaces that are available, are available to everyone in the community," Mr Stokes said.

"These are public spaces, the community owns them, the community paid for them.

"It is only fair that if they are not being used by schools that they be available to the wider community to enjoy."

Which Schools?

The list of schools participating in the program are listed here and include Mona Vale Public School, Haberfield Public School, Marrickville High School, Blaxland High School, Asquith Boys High School, Beauty Point, Belmore South Public, Campbelltown Performing Arts High School, Granville Boys High School, James Busby High School and Liverpool Public School.



Who's Looking After Our Schools?

At most of the schools involved, private companies will be responsible for security and cleaning — to be paid for by the Education Department. These schools will also receive $15,000 to help upgrade facilities and cover the cost of any damage or vandalism.

"We have looked at all of the various issues involved in opening up these playing spaces, but we took the decision that despite whatever risks may emerge, ultimately the public paid for these facilities," Mr Stokes said.

"It would be silly to leave these beautiful spaces locked up."

Mr Stokes said if the trial is successful more schools will be opened up next year.


Summer School

The grounds of participating schools will be open from 8:00am to 6:00pm from December 23 to the end of the school holidays in late January. So go on, tell the kids you're taking them to school next week! 





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