How is the Easter Holiday for your guys, I have had a good one and came back refreshed. Today’s topic is something the parents from the local communities are well aware of. To refresh what is happening, Artarmon Public School has been the first or second ranked Public School at primary level in NSW for a number of years now. This fact combined with significant development in new dwelling within the school catchment area caused a massive surge in the school enrolment number. What the Department of Education doing is bringing demountable classrooms to accommodate the increase in enrollment number. Last time I visited Artarmon Public School, there are close to 20 classrooms plus various of facilities with demountable style hall and other facilities hosted in them as well. Sufficient to say it is one of the most crowded school I have visited in Sydney. You can find more pictures and information in the two blog entries I did for Artarmon Public School previously.
Following is the project overview for the proposed upgrade for Artarmon Public School.
The project involves:
- The establishment of a temporary school, known as the Barton Road Campus;
- The construction of a new 3 storey building incorporating 21 future focused teaching spaces and library (anticipated completion early 2018);
- New student amenities (anticipated completion early 2018);
- A new hall on the Abbott Road Campus (anticipated completion early 2019);
- The integration of Abbott Lane to provide a better functional link between the McMillan and Abbott Road Campus'(anticipated completion early 2018);
- The creation of a shared access way in Hampden Lane (anticipated completion early 2018);
- The removal of demountable teaching spaces (anticipated completion early 2019); and
- More continuous and functional open play space (anticipated completion early 2019).
The complete project is due for completion in early 2019.
On completion of the project, students currently residing in the Barton Road Campus will be transferred back to the McMillan Road Campus and the temporary school will be decommissioned.
There is a bit of back and forth with the proposed upgrade, the original plan was modified last year and the school hall part of it got axed. There was a pretty significant local community backlash for this change. The good news is that Department of Education has listened and original plan has been reinstated which is really great and secures the short to intermediate future for the school. However in the long term, there still possible catchment shrink with more new public school coming online in the North Shore area to future relief the enrollment pressure.
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