Young students split away
HARRISDALE Primary School has been forced to open a second campus for early childhood students after just four years of operation.
Works started on the B Hive campus site last month, with construction expected to be completed in December.
For some parents with multiple young children, it could mean double dropoffs and pick-ups each day and a drive of about five minutes between the two sites.
The Department of Education anticipates about 280 kindergarten and pre-primary students will attend the new campus in Wright Road in 2020.
There are currently 1158 students from kindergarten to year 6 enrolled at Harrisdale Primary School.
Community News reported in March last year that the school had among the highest numbers of demountable classrooms in the state, with 24, to cater for its extreme growth.
Department infrastructure executive director John Fischer said the school was very popular and had experienced a big increase in student numbers since it opened in 2016.
“The Department of Education held a meeting for local parents in early July to inform them about the changes and also provided them with a fact sheet,” he said.
“The facilities (B Hive campus) will be an annexe of Harrisdale Primary School for as long as required.
“This new early childhood annexe will ease demand for classroom space at Harrisdale.”
A new school in Harrisdale north set to open in 2021 is expected to relieve pressures on student numbers in the longer term.