Macarthur schools to open playgrounds during the holidays

Fun times ahead: Schools across NSW will open their gates this school holidays including five in Macarthur. Picture: Damian White
Fun times ahead: Schools across NSW will open their gates this school holidays including five in Macarthur. Picture: Damian White

Five Macarthur schools will open their gates during the school holidays so residents can enjoy spending time outdoors.

Eagle Vale High School, Bargo Public School, Bringelly Public School, Campbelltown Performing Arts High School and Tahmoor Public School will allow the community to access their playgrounds and sporting fields from April 16 until April 27.

During the summer school holidays the state government trialed the Share Our Space program with approximately 20 schools.

Due to the programs success more than 80 public schools will unlock their gates these school holidays to allow everyone to enjoy the playgrounds.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes launched the $30 million program this week.

“The trial last summer was so successful we are delighted to be extending it to almost double the number of schools next holidays, giving families more options to use valuable open space in communities right across the state,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“It has never made sense to me that schools are locked up over the holiday period. I’m pleased we are taking action to address this.”

Visitors to Bringelly Public School can enjoy using the oval, play equipment and soccer nets while visitors to Eagle Vale High School can make use of the school’s cricket pitch, basketball courts and playing fields.

Bargo Public School, Campbelltown Performing Arts High School and Tahmoor Public School will also provide access to the schools ovals and sporting fields.

Mr Stokes said school playgrounds are valuable assets and by making them accessible outside of the school term, they can provide a broader benefit to the whole community.

“We learned a lot from the pilot program. Kids don’t want to be stuck indoors during the holidays, and communities respected and welcomed having access to their outdoor school facilities,” Mr Stokes said.

Participating schools will also receive a $5000 grant which can be used to help upgrade their facilities for community and school use.

The playgrounds will be open from 8am to 6pm, seven days a week, from April 16 to 27.

To locate these schools, visit: schoolinfrastructure.nsw.gov.au.