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Artarmon Public School Part 2

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I have done an Introduction on Artarmon Public School a few month back. I wasn’t able to actually visit the actual school at the time. I was happens to be nearby on last Saturday, so I paid a visit. You know most of facts just by reading about it and looking at satellite map, however visiting it is still prove to be very interesting for me.

You really get a sense of the pressure the public schools in Sydney north shore area is currently under. Artarmon Public School is in the epicenter of this wave of increase in enrollment and there is no end in sight any time soon. Artarmon Public School is scheduled to receive a major upgrade by removing a lot of demountables and construct new multi level building to replace them.

So many demountables got put up, school itself has very limited open space. I counted fifteen demountables and semi permanent type of buildings contain roughly 17 classrooms.

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Enjoyed the pictures and I certainly had a good time visiting the school.


Mowbray Public School

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I have not done a specific school introduction for a while, mostly due to I have not had the chance to collect the information needed. Starting this back up with Mowbray Public School which I manage to find some time to visit on last Sunday. I could not find information on when the Mowbray Public School was established and there seem to be distinctive lack of general information on this school via online searching. This rather unfortunately as I was hoping to get some background information on the school.

Mowbray Public School is located on the Mowbray Road in the suburb of Lane Cove North. North of the Mowbray road belongs to Willoughby council and south of the road is part of the Lane Cove Council. Lane Cove Council recently rezoned pretty much entire section alone the Mowbray road and apartments just springs up like weeds in my garden after good summer rain. I drove pass this section of the road almost weekly and in the space of a few years, the entire southern side of Mowbray road in Lane Cove West is either built, being built or waiting to be built. This of course is one of the reason that Mowbray Public school is under going a major expansion.

In 2014 there was 378 students enrolled and compare to 2008’s number of 267 student, this is increase of 42% over the space of six years. This might sound high, but actually not uncommon in North Shore area. In 2014, 36 percent of the students in the school are from none English language background. This number actually is fairly consistent over the years, fluctuating between 35 to 41 percent. This number may rise in the next few years, with a lot of Asian buying in the area in the recent time, fair number gets pushed over into Mowbray Public School’s catchment due to sky high property price in Chatswood.

Mowbray Public School do very well academically and consistently ranked as one of the state’s top public school.


Mowbray Public School Catchment is bounded by Epping road to the south, Pacific High Way to the east, Chatswood golf club, Coolaroo Park to the north and Lane Cove River to the west. A really major expansion for the school is currently underway and proposed to be finished by 2016. The enrolment number is estimated to triple from 360 to 1000. What this means is that it will likely absorb part of the catchment of near by schools that are currently over crowded and under stress. Following is the current catchment map, once the new expansion completes, this will probably expand significantly. I will do another post to guess the possible changes in the catchment this will result in.

The catchment use to be good mix of multi and single dwellings, however recently following Lane Cove council’s rezoning, apartments are going up in a maddening fashion alone the Mowbray Road. This no doubt contributes to the need to expand the school’s capacity as it will no longer able to deal with the significant increase in population. I drove pass Mowbray Road weekly and it was really interesting to see the progress of the new class rooms close up on last weekend. I took a few pictures and it is certainly a massive expansion and definitely the biggest in all the schools I have visited so far. In the following Google Map cut out, I draw out roughly what the new building situates compare to the old set up. The bottom area as marked on map alone the Mowbray Road is where the new building is going up, essentially all the old classrooms got demolished to make room for it. About 20 new demountables are place in the northern part of the school as marked in the map. Expect these to be removed once the new class rooms are completed and ready for use.

Mowbray Public School Pre Expansion Satellite Map With Marking

I quite like the new design, it pretty much maintained all the open space and oval. Public school often utilized for various of activities outside of school hours and maintaining these open spaces are very important inside and outside of school hours. The new class rooms look great and I am looking forward to its completion and students moving out of demountables. Due to the mounting pressure with increase in enrolment it is rare in North Shore area to maintain such lovely amount of open space which will be great for the community in the long run.

Following is the new classrooms that are under construction.

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Following is the lovely existing oval view of demountables are currently up to replace the existing classrooms while the new classrooms are under construction.

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As usual contact the school in question or Department of Education for the final confirmation and you can also access the full NSW and Sydney Public School Catchment Map by following this link.

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Major delays in opening of new public schools in west Lindfield from 2017 to 2019

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I just read the news that new public schools in west Lindfield on the old UTS Kuring-gai site is not expected to open until at least 2019, this is changed from original schedule of 2017, original article Overcrowded Sydney schools will wait longer for new space on SMH. The news has major implication for the North Shore area, this is the first major new school opening in a long time and urgently required to relief the strain a lot of public school in the area went through in the last few years. Some schools went through 40 to 50 percent increase in the number of students enrolled in just handful of years, Chatswood public school is probably one of the worst hit and with huge influx of new apartments being completed in next year or two in the area, this is going to get worse. Surrounding public schools all have similar issue and have very limited spare capacity to absorb the new influx.

Now is a bit of fun exercise on what potentially the school catchment of new Lindfield West Public School can look like in 2019 when it opens.

Lindfield West Public School Catchment Map

Most of potential catchment for the new Lindfield West Public School will likely coming out of Lindfield Public School which is very crowded and reducing its burden will allow it to cater for the increased apartments in its catchment and take over some of the load for its neighbouring schools as well. Also the most over crowded the school near by is Chatswood Public School, so I think there is a high chance that Chatswood West will ended up in the catchment of the Lindfield West Public School when it opens. Currently Chatswood West is far enough from Chatswood Public School, it not likely making that much difference shifting it to the new school. There is minor possibilities of part of the Beaumont Road Public School catchment gets shifted to the new Lindfield West, but its zone are well isolated and do not have a large number multi dwelling being completed, so its enrolment number is not likely to change significantly in the near future anyway. I do not see large change of its catchment when the new school opens.

So after 2019, I can see large part of Chatswood and Lindfield Public School’s catchment going to the new school. As a consequence, it is likely that surrounding schools will see changes to their catchment as well, such as Roseville and Killara Public School etc. Overall this is going to be interesting time and I cannot wait to see new investment in the public education to bear fruit and the opening of the new schools.

As usual contact the school in question or Department of Education for the final confirmation and you can also access the full NSW and Sydney Public School Catchment Map by following this link.

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North Ryde Public School

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North Ryde Public School was originally called City View Public School and established in 1876. The school changed its name to the current North Ryde Public School in 1877. The original building in Coxs Road was a brick and sandstone building which now houses the NSW Schoolhouse Museum of Public Education. It is one of the oldest school buildings in New South Wales(#1). There is a good chance that if your children is studying in one of the public school in Sydney, that they will end up visiting the museum one day.

North Ryde Public School is located on the Coxs road near the intersection with the Lane Cove Rd. In 2014 there are 282 students enrolled in the school and this is increase of 16% over the 238 students enrolled in 2008. This is probably higher increase than average school would see in the same time period, but certainly not the most extreme as well. In 2014, 50 percent of the students in the school are from none English language background. This number had not changed much since 2008, which actually is a little surprising. I am expecting this number to rise over the next few years, there are a lot of Asian buying into the suburb in the last few years.

North Ryde Public School has been doing very well recently academically and rising steadily in rank in general.


North Ryde Public School Catchment is bounded by the Shrimpton creek to the west and Lane Cove river to the north, Wicks road to the east and Quarry Road to the south. The catchment is mostly single dwellings, also a mix of medium density dwellings as well.

North Ryde Public School Catchment

North Ryde Public School is located not near any train stations despite the same name train station on the Chatswood-Epping line. For out of area students, bus and car are the only real option, unless you are ready to do fair bit of walking.

I was a bit surprised when visiting that there are no real new buildings for the school, most of public schools I visited got new building or builds constructed during 2008 GFC stimulus period, North Ryde public school is one exception by the look of it. The school got real good playgrounds and open area for the number of students enrolled.



Following are a few shots of the buildings in the North Ryde Public School, most of buildings are of similar type and look. There are plenty of space in the school in comparison to most I have visited and with the increase population and demand, I would not be surprised with a future expansion and new permanent and temp buildings to be put in.

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As usual contact the school in question or department of education for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.



Lindfield Public School

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Lindfield Public School is one of the older more established school in the north shore area. The school is located on the corner of Pacific High Way and Grosvenor I have done some research and only after some innovative searches, I was managed to confirm the school was established in 1903.

In 2014 there are 725 students enrolled in the school which is an increase of 10 percent over the 660 students enrolled in 2008. It has not seen the significant increase of the enrolment like many other public schools in the north shore area. The main reason is likely that Lindfield Public School is pretty much at max capacity and you simply cannot squeeze much more students into the school. The new public school in west Lindfield will come into play in a few years which should relief the pressure it is currently under. Once the new public school opens then the catchment for Lindfield Public School will change significantly and likely will have flow on for other near by public schools like Roseville and Chatswood etc.

In 2014 students with language background other than English sits at 35 percent. Lindfield Public School also performs very well academically and consistent rank in the top of the state public schools.


Its catchment straddles both side of Pacific High Way and the North Shore Railway. The catchment consist mix of single and multi dwellings. The multi dwellings concentrated around East of Pacific High Way and around the Lindfield Railway Station.


The school itself is located just a stone’s throw away from the Lindfield railway station which made is very easily accessible by public transport.

As with most of older public schools, there are mix of old and new buildings. The school contain a swimming pool as well which is very handy. However there are very little playgrounds in the school, this is actually likely is one of the more crowded school in north shore area.

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As usual contact the school in question for the final confirmation and you can also access the full catchment map by following this link.



Roseville Public School

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Roseville Public School was established in 1915 and is situated in the leaf upper north shore suburb of Roseville. It is also one of the older state public school with excellent reputation. Its motto of “Facta Non Verba” means deeds not words in English. In 2014 there are 620 enrolled in the school which is actually three less than the number enrolled in 2008. This is a very rare thing in north shore suburbs and in fact uncommon in NSW overall. Many north shore public school I know of had 40 percent more increase in enrolment number during the same time period. I put this down to the enrolment area of Roseville Public School is almost purely consistent of single dwellings and unlike many suburbs alone the north shore line had significant new multi dwellings built during the same time period. Although there are a number of apartments nearing finish on the boundary roads in Roseville so things will likely change as well.

In 2014 students with language background other than English sits at 24 percent. Roseville Public School also performs very well academically and consistent rank in the top of the state public schools.


Its catchment straddles the north shore rail line and covers majority of the Roseville, parts of Chatswood and Lindfield as well. For final confirmation of the school catchment please contact the school directly.

The school situated east of railway alone the Archbold Rd, the part of Roseville past Archbold road is actually very flat at least in terms of Sydney geography anyway. So the school itself is very flat as well much more so than Chatswood Public School in comparison. As with the schools established around same time, it has the older red double brick buildings and newer ones. It also a three floor new one build during the 2008 GFC period. Say what you might about the stimulus, just visiting the schools you will realise that how much the schools were neglected and the capital investments were well received in the communities.


With fairly stable number of students over the years, Roseville Public School is also one of the few I have visited that got no demountables at all, this is indeed a rare thing in North Shore area in my personal experience. School contain two main building, alone with the usual library, school hall and offices etc. As you can see in the following pictures, there are very sizable play grounds and excellent sports facilities. In this instance no demountables taking up valuable playground space is beneficial indeed.



You can access the full school catchment map by following the link.

Chatswood Public School

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Chatswood public school was established in 1883 and is one of the oldest state schools in Sydney. The school’s logo is Latin word “Fortiter” which means strong or mighty in English. In 2014 there was 957 students enrolled in the school and that is increase of 40% since 2008, this is very common in north shore area. As a result the school is extremely over capacity like many of the top state public school in Sydney.

In 2014 students with language background other than English sits at 80 percent, this number is really high for public schools in northern Sydney suburbs. It also hosts opportunity classes for year 5 to 6. Chatswood public school has an excellent academic reputation with 50% of Year 6 students accessing Selective High Schools according to the school website.


The geography of the north shore suburb is naturally divided by the Pacific high way; the land is relatively flat to the east and often falls off with a fairly steep to the west of it. Chatswood public school is very much the case, the east of school sit next to the Pacific high way and fall fairly steeply to the west. You can easily see that in the following images.


As with a lot of public schools in the old established suburbs, the school is very crowded, the school ground is occupied with a mix of old and new buildings along with obligatory demountable as well. However there is still decent amount of playground and open spaces. That being said with close one thousand students, it is still going to be very crowded, it is not likely a lot more can be fit into the existing grounds.


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With the amount of the new apartments being built, the school catchment is likely to shrink significantly in the near future.

As usual contact the school in question or Department of Education for the final confirmation and you can also access the full NSW and Sydney Public School Catchment Map by following this link.

Artarmon Public School

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Artarmon public school was established in 1910 and currently occupy a split site only meters away from west of Artarmon railway station. It had 980 students enrolled in 2014 and only 667 in 2008. In 2014 students with language background other than English sits at 71 percent, this number is pretty high for north shore public schools. It also hosts opportunity classes for year 5 to 6.

Artarmon public has a very good reputation academically and consistently rank number one or two in the state. This obviously helped by the OC classes it hosts.


Like many schools located in the old established suburbs the space is a premium. This is particularly true as Sydney is experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of students enrolling into the state public schools. The increase in number of students experienced by Artarmon public school is by no means unique in north shore area. As consequence what available space in the school are almost fully occupied by the demountable classrooms. Luckily the school is located right next to a park which would have made things much easier.

I took a screenshot in the Google map and circled the school area and as you can see play area would be at a premium here with close to 1000 students.

Overall speaking I’d say Artarmon public school is very good with convenient and easy to access location. It located in the heart of north shore suburbs. However with the number of new apartments being built up, you can reasonably expect the school catchment to shrink in the coming years. There is just not much more space to try cram more students onto the existing ground.

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Also see the follow up article on Artarmon Public School at here.

As usual contact the school in question or Department of Education for the final confirmation and you can also access the full NSW and Sydney Public School Catchment Map by following this link.

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