NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes today visited the State’s latest brand new school at O’Connell Street, Parramatta, on the former old King’s School site.
Students and teachers from Parramatta Public School are taking advantage of the new $40 million school on O’Connell Street, which accommodates up to 1000 students across 40 classrooms, while construction work is undertaken to deliver a school upgrade and expansion at their former school site.
“We are in the midst of the most unprecedented school building program this State has ever seen – with a record $4.2 billion being invested on 120 new and upgraded schools,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“O’Connell Street Public is an example of the NSW Government being flexible with its school facilities to ensure students and teachers are not inconvenienced while their schools are being upgraded.”
The O’Connell Street school site has significant cultural history with some of the buildings dating to 1836 when it was Australia’s first large private boarding school.
Once the Parramatta Public School development is completed and the current temporary students are relocated, the brand new school on the O’Connell Street site will welcome new students from Kindergarten through to Year 6 who will benefit from new classrooms, a library and school hall.
O’Connell Street Public and Parramatta Public are just two examples of the 120 new or upgraded schools being built as part of the NSW Government’s unprecedented $4.2 billion school capital program.
Since 2011, the NSW Government has opened 730 classrooms and more than 12,000 additional student places. When Labor was in Government, they closed more than 90 schools between 1995 and 2011.
Education Minister Rob Stokes said the on-time completion of the new school on the O’Connell Street site benefits the Parramatta Public School community.
“We are committed to doing everything we can to minimise the disruption of construction activity on staff and students at schools across NSW, and what I’ve seen today at the O’Connell Street site is a great example of that,” Mr Stokes said.
“The Parramatta Public School community are enjoying new, modern teaching and learning facilities, as they await the completion of their new school.”
Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said he was delighted to see the re-use of a wonderful heritage asset.
“This is one of four school infrastructure projects now underway in the Parramatta electorate,” Dr Lee said.
“I am proud to be part of a Government that is delivering for Parramatta – making it an even more enjoyable place to live, learn and work.”