The new Gregory Hills Public School welcomed its first classes for the year even as work to deliver the permanent school continues with preparatory early work for earthworks and service integration for the main build in progress.

Currently accommodated by temporary facilities, the school includes 12 general air­conditioned learning spaces, staff and administration building, library, communal hall, canteen, out of hours school care amenities, a covered outdoor learning area (COLA) and open play space.

Member for Camden Mr Peter Sidgreaves said he was excited to see the school open.

“This school is an important project for the community, and it is fantastic that students and staff will be starting the new school year together as work continues on the new permanent facilities,” he said.

In preparation for Day 1, Term 1, the temporary school car park and surrounding footpaths have been completed, perimeter fencing installed, and turf laid for play space.

A short stay parking lane along Long Reef Circuit has been constructed in order to help parents with safe and efficient drop-offs and pick-ups.

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell MLC said the new school is part of the government’s commitment to supporting families in the growing community.

“It is a very exciting time for the new Gregory Hills Public School students who can look forward to lots of new things this year – new classrooms, new school uniforms, new teachers and new friends,” Ms Mitchell said.

“This year we will continue to work hard to deliver the very best for our students and I look forward to sharing updates as the work to deliver the permanent school continues.”

The Department of Education is finalising its response to submissions for the State Significant Development application. The next step for the permanent school will be to engage a building contractor for main works construction.