Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Local Politician Say -

With the be­gin­ning of a new year, I thought it would be an op­por­tune time to pro­vide an up­date on one of the new fa­cil­i­ties to be de­liv­ered in Baulkham Hills, be­ing Bella Vista Pub­lic School.

The new Bella Vista Pub­lic School, which will have a ca­pac­ity for 1,000 K-6 stu­dents, was orig­i­nally slated to open on day one of the 2018 school year but this has been pushed back 12 months, for the right rea­sons.

In a new ap­proach to de­liv­er­ing pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties, the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion has worked with The Hills Shire Coun­cil about util­is­ing school fa­cil­i­ties as shared fa­cil­i­ties. This ne­go­ti­a­tion will en­sure that the school en­joys the best fa­cil­i­ties avail­able and that the Bella Vista and south­ern Kel­lyville com­mu­ni­ties get to share in those fa­cil­i­ties as well.

The de­sign is still be­ing fi­nalised at this stage, but it is ex­pected that the shared fa­cil­i­ties will in­clude a full size soc­cer field and a hall with two in­door sport courts.

While it is un­der­stand­able that some peo­ple will be dis­ap­pointed with the de­lay in de­liv­ery of the school, I am en­cour­aged by the man­ner in which both the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and The Hills Shire Coun­cil have seized the op­por­tu­nity to forge a new di­rec­tion in the pro­vi­sion of com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties, rather than tak­ing a more tra­di­tional route of al­lo­cat­ing fa­cil­i­ties purely to Coun­cil or to the school.

With move­able fur­ni­ture and flex­i­ble teach­ing spa­ces com­ple­mented by best prac­tice de­sign and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, we will en­joy one of the most modern schools in NSW in 2019 and I can’t wait to see stu­dents en­joy the fa­cil­i­ties on of­fer.

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