AFTER a $41 million spend and an almost-three year build, the new Curl Curl North primary school has been completed. The school upgrade provides for more than 5,300 local students and introduces a new way of teaching, where class members can work at stand-up desks or on "wobble chairs" if they choose. There are 40 classrooms and a 1000-seat hall, new canteen and sports facilities including futsal and basketball courts.
The school implements co-teaching classrooms, where classes join together and share teachers, with Principal Donna Blatchford saying the collaborative system represented forward-thinking education.
On Tuesday, Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell joined Member for Manly James Griffin to officially open the new facilities. "Students across NSW are benefitting from our Government's investment in new and upgraded schools, including right here at Curl Curl North Public School," Ms Mitchell said. "I am delighted that this upgrade will provide students and teachers with the resources they deserve."
Member for Manly James Griffin said the upgraded school provides students and teachers with innovative learning spaces and modern facilities. "We want our children to have the best education possible, and providing high quality school facilities is a key part of that. These new and improved facilities at Curl Curl North Public School will benefit our growing community for generations to come," Mr Griffin said.
The NSW Government is investing $7 billion over the next four years, for more than 200 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW.
This includes upgrades at Manly Vale Public School, Harbord Public School and Brookvale Public School.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that more than 30 new and upgraded schools were 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 face of a challenging pandemic, we are staying the course and will keep on building more classrooms, school halls and libraries in 2021."