Students are at Chatswood Public School and Chatswood High School have settled into three new buildings, handed over for the schools to use for the start of this school year.
The buildings form part of the $250 million redevelopment of Chatswood Public School and Chatswood High School being delivered by the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government.
Member for Willoughby Tim James was joined by Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell on a tour of the new buildings.
“These incredible new learning spaces are supporting local students to achieve their educational potential,” Mr James said.
“I am pleased to see the additions to the schools providing students and teachers with new resources that will support the community for years to come.”
“Every public school in the Willoughby electorate has been upgraded and two new schools will be built as part of the Liberal’s commitment to invest in our future and deliver a quality education for our next generation.”
Chatswood High School’s new Building S provided students with new general and specialist learning spaces, including science wet and dry laboratories, visual arts facilities including a dark room, kiln, and outdoor rooftop workshop, music classrooms across the lower ground floor, and flexible breakout areas on every floor.
Chatswood Public School’s new buildings, P1 and P2, provide 28 new learning spaces for students. Building P1 contains general learning classrooms, three special support classrooms and outdoor learning spaces across seven storeys. Building P2 provides general learning spaces across five storeys, a new library, canteen, staffroom, amenities, and a rooftop soft fall play space with views across the neighbourhood.
Chatswood Public School Principal Alex Montgomery said “It is the most incredible facility. Our students are proud of their new learning environment and our parents are excited to walk into our school gate each day. Our teachers are loving teaching in the spaces and providing the best education for our students.”
Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said she was delighted to see the amazing new buildings delivered to the Chatswood community.
“I am thrilled students and teachers have been able to start the new school year with a bang, with these facilities offering new learning opportunities,” Ms Mitchell said.
“These impressive buildings have been carefully designed with sustainability in mind, and the learning environment will inspire and excite students when they come to school.”
Building S was designed to integrate into the existing treescape and incorporates sustainable features including solar panels, ventilation control measures, and rainwater tanks.
Tensile meshing was installed into the roof structures of buildings P1 and P2, providing a ‘second skin’ which will reduce the penetration of solar heat into the buildings. The buildings include sustainable features such as solar panels, ventilation control measures and rainwater tanks.
The upgrades to both schools are on track for completion in late 2023.
The NSW Government is investing $8.6 billion in school infrastructure over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver 160 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This builds on the $9.1 billion invested in projects delivered since 2017, a program of $17.7 billion in public education infrastructure.