Record school building program continues

Published: 20 Apr 2021

Five new and upgraded schools will open in Term 2 benefitting more than 4400 students across NSW. 

Three schools opened their doors today, including Picton High School (new), Mainsbridge School for Specific Purposes (new) and Parramatta West Public School (upgrade). Murrumbidgee High School (upgrade) and St Ives High School (upgrade) will open by the end of Term 2. 

Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell and Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee visited students at Parramatta West Public School today.

The Parramatta West Public School upgrade includes 20 new classrooms, a new hall and a new administrative space. 

Ms Berejiklian said the scale of the school building in NSW is unprecedented with more than 30 new and upgraded schools expected to be delivered in 2021. 
“The NSW Government has already opened 10 new schools this year and in Term 2 we will open another five,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Even during the challenge of the pandemic, NSW has kept building. Students across the state are enjoying new classrooms, school halls, outdoor learning areas and libraries.”

Ms Mitchell said the new facilities at these schools and others across NSW are incredible.
“Communities are seeing real improvements at their local schools, with everything from new canteens and playgrounds, to new schools and major upgrades like we see here in Parramatta,” Ms Mitchell said.
“We will support jobs across the state as we look to recover from COVID-19, and at the same time secure the future prosperity of NSW by enhancing schools for our students and teachers.” 
Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said the community was excited for another major school upgrade in the area.

“I want children to be passionate about education when they come to school. The work of dedicated teachers and staff is so important for learning outcomes, and we are supporting them with world class facilities right here in Parramatta,” Dr Lee said.

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.

New and upgraded schools opening in Term 2 2021:

  • Parramatta West Public School – upgrade 
  • Mainsbridge School for Specific Purposes – new
  • Picton High School – new
  • Murrumbidgee High School – upgrade 
  • St Ives High School – upgrade.
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