School Playgrounds To Be Open Again For Autumn Holiday Fun
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. After much success over the summer holidays, the initiative has now been extended to more than 80 schools across NSW - that's double the playgrounds!
Over summer 42 NSW public schools opened their school gates in a new trial program by the State Government.
"It has never made sense to me that schools are locked up over the holiday period," Premier Gladys Berejiklian said alongside Mr Stokes at Taverner's Hill Infants School in Sydney's inner west.
Participating schools will receive a $5000 grant to upgrade facilities as part of the $30 million Share Our Space Program.
The list of schools participating in the program are listed here and include Cronulla South Public School, Taverners Hill Infants School, Narrabeen North Public School, Green Square School, Seven Hills West Public School, 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 cash grants 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," said Rob Stokes, the NSW Minister for Education.
"It would be silly to leave these beautiful spaces locked up."
School Drop Off
The grounds of participating schools will be open from 8:00am to 6:00pm from April 16-27. So go on, tell the kids you're taking them to school next week!