With approval of the Development Application for a temporary school, Gregory Hills Public School is all set to open its classrooms from the New Year.
Member for Camden Peter Sidgreaves MP shared this exciting news at an open day with prospective parents today at Gledswood Hills Public School.
“I am incredibly pleased to see our commitment to have the school up and running in 2023 is on track and that families in Gregory Hills will soon have access to their very own primary school,” said Mr Sidgreaves, who has long been advocating with the the NSW Government to deliver this primary school.
Temporary schools are flexible, modular spaces that help schools keep operating while the planning and construction of permanent facilities is underway.
Unveiling the new school’s logo, its inaugural principal, Alison Rourke, said, “We chose the lyrebird because it’s the symbol of collaboration and of the local aboriginal people of this land.”
Mrs Rourke brings a wealth of experience to lead the new school as a former principal of Buxton Public School and Fairy Meadow Demonstration School which was named Primary School of the Year in 2020.
“Our kindergarten children are going to be the start of a whole new curriculum reform, so this is a really exciting time,” Mrs Rourke said.
Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said she looked forward to seeing families walk through the gates in 2023.
“As a Government, we have invested significantly in new and upgraded school infrastructure for the growing South West Sydney region and I am incredibly proud to see the new Gregory Hills Public School take shape,” she said.
A development application for the temporary school has been approved and site establishment works will start shortly. Work on the permanent facilities is progressing with development of the State Significant Development application.
Mrs Rourke pointed out that in regard to the Inclusive, Engaging and Respectful Schools package, the permanent school, when constructed, will have a support unit with four classes for children of specific needs.