School re­fit com­plete

Mow­bray Pub­lic com­mu­nity cel­e­brates com­ple­tion of mas­sive $20 mil­lion re­build

North Shore Times - - FRONT PAGE - Caryn Met­calfe

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.

Mow­bray Pub­lic

School stu­dents Belle, 7, and Lily, 9, Reng­ger. Pic­ture: Vir­ginia Young

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