Gladys Berejiklian MP
Gladys Berejiklian MP
NSW Parliament

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HISTORIC SCHOOL BUILDING PROGRAM BOOMS

Friday, 12 February 2021

More than 5,300 students will benefit from the NSW Government’s historic school building program in Term 1 with 10 new or upgraded schools opening for students today. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said 2021 is set to be another big year for public schools with more than 30 new and upgraded schools expected to open this year. “The scale of the school building in NSW is unprecedented – the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW and today more communities across the state will benefit,” Ms Berejiklian said. “In the last two years, the NSW Government has opened more than 100 new and upgraded schools, benefitting tens of thousands of students and ensuring our growing communities have quality schools to learn in. “In the face of a challenging pandemic, we are staying the course and will keep on building more classrooms, school halls and libraries in 2021.” Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the 10 schools represented a more than $400 million investment in communities spanning from Armidale, Sydney and Wagga. “This is an incredible time for public education in NSW, we are building more schools than ever before and making generational reforms inside the classroom,” Ms Mitchell said. “Our track record on school building speaks for itself, more schools delivered than ever before and we continue to deliver for communities right across the state.” The $45 million redevelopment of Penshurst Public School has delivered 47 new classrooms, a new library, hall and open play spaces. New and upgraded schools opening in Term 1 2021:Ajuga School (upgrade)Armidale Secondary College (redevelopment)Barramurra Public School (new school)Campbell House School (upgrade)Estella Public School (new school)Kent Road Public School (upgrade)Galungara Public School (new school)Glenfield Park School (upgrade)Penshurst Public School (redevelopment)Tirriwirri School (new school) As the new school term begins, parents are also being encouraged to apply for the popular $100 Active Kids and Creative Kids voucher to allow young people to find their passion and learn new skills. “To date, more than 3.3 million Active Kids and Creative Kids vouchers have been redeemed with $334 million provided back to NSW families,” Ms Berejiklian said.  “We know families are doing it tough across NSW, having experienced drought, bushfires and a pandemic and I want the community to know reducing cost of living pressures is at the front of our minds as a Government.”     For more information about Active Kids and Creative Kids visit: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/ The NSW Government is investing $7 billion over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver more than 200 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW. Footage and images of new schools available: http://bitly.ws/bvNF