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Schools to have extra classrooms as north shore enrolments jump

date:Feb 06,2013 source:互联网 editorial staff:linan clicks:

Ei Study updates: January 31, 2013
THE Department of Education and Communities is in talks with local councils over land for a new school and expanding the grounds of existing schools on the north shore, as enrolments in the area continue to surge.
Extra demountable classrooms have been brought in to several schools in the area for 2013 to cope with growing numbers of young children in the region, eating into valuable open space.
Lane Cove West, Killara, Cammeray and Chatswood are among the schools which have been allocated the extra classrooms.
Tony McCabe, director of planning and delivery with the department, said the department was working with councils on masterplanning existing schools.
''We're also looking at sites for new schools in the lower north shore area, so it's very much a case of watch this space,'' he said.
Northern Sydney had by far the highest growth in public school enrolments for any Sydney region between 2007 and 2012, more than twice the rate of Western Sydney.
Ei Study updates: A range of concerned parties launched a community campaign last year to tackle the issue, and the department has formed a working group with the Northern Sydney Regional Council of Parents & Citizens Associations to find solutions.
The growth in enrolments has been significant. In 2002 there were 190 students at Lane Cove West Public School and seven classes, this year there are about 575 students and 24 classes.
The school has two extra demountable buildings in 2013, on top of seven existing demountables.
Lane Cove West principal Judy Doherty said the air-conditioned demountables were comfortable for students and teachers, and had good storage space and interactive whiteboards.
But, she said, they took up valuable open space on the school grounds. Ei Study updates:
''There's hardly anywhere left for the children to play,'' Ms Doherty said.
''Five of the demountables are on what we called the oval and another area at the back of the school which used to be the year six grassed area, now has no grassed area and four demountables on it.
''It's getting to the crisis point where what goes next, the teachers' car park or more of the oval?''
Cammeray Public School has been given two extra classrooms until capital works are complete, Killara and Chatswood have been allocated one, while Chatswood High School has been given an extra two.
Ei Study updates: Northern Sydney Regional Council of Parents & Citizens Associations executive member Steph Croft said the problem of crowding was worsening.
''Enrolments at most of our schools are higher than last year,'' Ms Croft said.
''We're pleased that the government is now focused on this issue in our area and we're looking forward to a practical solution.''
As reported by Fairfax in December, the department has decided to acquire land owned by the University of Technology Sydney Ku-ring-gai campus for a possible public high school for about 1000 students.

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