School refit complete
Mowbray Public community celebrates completion of massive $20 million rebuild
THE $20 million rebuild of Mowbray Public School, Lane Cove, is finally complete after 18 months of construction.
Former P&C president Vanessa Rengger said the new building, which had 34 classrooms, was a great result.
“Now we have a school built for 21st-century education,” Ms Rengger said.
An open day is planned for next term to allow the community to inspect the new school.
THE fences have come down and Mowbray Public School is proud to tell its community it is back and fully open for business.
For the past 18 months, staff, students, parents and the community have been dealing with construction, as the school underwent a $20 million rebuild.
That all came to an end this month, with the builders handing the school back over on time.
Former P&C president Vanessa Rengger, who has seen the whole project through from start to finish, said it was a great result.
“The original school was built back in the ’50s. Now we’re delighted to say we have a new school built for 21st-century education,” Ms Rengger said.
“We were lucky enough for the (Education) department and government to choose us, as we have a lot of land.
“Instead of just bringing in demountables every year, we were lucky we had the funding to rebuild this totally new school.”
Starting in 2015, half the school was blocked off and the students moved into “demountable city”, which covered the basketball and tennis courts.
When the children came back to school this year, they were able to move into the new, three-storey building with 34 classrooms in it, while the hall was remodelled, a canteen added, an outdoor learning area built, the courts tidied up and landscaping completed.
“The kids just love the new rooms. It’s amazing how excited a kid gets sitting on a purple-coloured chair,” Ms Rengger said.
“These rooms feel quite large – they have a breakout room within the classroom.
“Because of the build, they have built it allowing the natural airflow and lots of natural light as well.”
Ms Rengger said they were especially excited to have a canteen for the first time.
She said the best thing about the rebuild was the Education Department’s communication with the community.
“I sat on a controlled project group, so we were able to have our say as well,” she said.
“They came and did public forums to the community and gave updates on where they were at with the build.
“The great thing was the excellent communication even before it started.”
An open day is planned for next term, to allow the community to come and look at the new school.
School students Belle, 7, and Lily, 9, Rengger. Picture: Virginia Young