Penshurst Public School will get a complete makeover by 2021 – with its current buildings set to be demolished and replaced by new facilities.
Oatley MP Mark Coure confirmed most of the buildings at Penshurst Public School were set to be demolished during the big project. The rebuild will see a new hall, library, class rooms, and staff and administration buildings erected on the current site. A new play area will also be constructed.
Mr Coure said the huge project was planned for completion by 2021 and temporary relocation of students and staff, during construction, was being explored.
He said the new school would cater for up to 1000 students, about double its current size, and community consultation would begin later this year.
The project is part of a $1.6 billion boost in funding for schools being included in tomorrow’s state budget.
The funding will go towards infrastructure projects in more than 120 primary and high schools across the state, during the next four years, which will address an explosion in student numbers.
A proposal for the Penshurst Public School project was first submitted in March to the Department of Planning and Environment. The main two-storey building of the school, on the corner of Forest Rd and Arcadia St, is listed as a local heritage item.
Kyeemagh Infants School, Penshurst West Public School and Hurstville Public School are also benefiting from the increase in funding – with upgrades to their facilities.
“These projects will help provide the school facilities our community needs and deserves,” Mr Coure said.
“I’m pleased the NSW Government is delivering these much-needed resources for the education of our children.”
- Other upgrades announced today for schools in the St George region:
- Kyeemagh Infants School: The school will be developed from an infants school into a primary school, providing additional teaching spaces and upgraded facilities to address enrolment growth.
- Penshurst West Public School: Upgrade to existing school.
- Hurstville Public School: Install a four-classroom modular building and minor core facilities upgrade to address enrolment growth.