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Chatswood Education Precinct Update & Info Nights

School Infrastructure NSW has issued a project update on the Chatswood Education Precinct.

The revised masterplan includes the following

  • removal of the split of the High School and retains all of the High School on the current site
  • the High School hall and annex will remain during construction
  • a new multipurpose hall with fixed stage will be constructed
  • several new multi-storey learning spaces including a canteen will replace the buildings currently surrounding the quad and the old admin block
  • a new multi-storey building between the oval and Centennial Ave
  • the IEC will move to St Ives High School  
  • retains Chatswood Primary school on its current site, with 2 new multi-storey buildings to replace existing non-heritage buildings

Information sessions regarding this latest update will be held on 

  • Wednesday 16 October 5-7pm at Chatswood High School
  • Thursday 17 October 5-7pm at Chatswood Public School
  • Saturday 19 October 11am-1pm at Chatswood High School

 

Chatswood Education Precinct

The information night held at Chatswood High School on 30 May was well represented by parents and students. The information slides displayed at the information night are available on the NSW Education Department - School Infrastructure website and show building footprint plans for the new Primary School and Middle School (yr 7-9) on the current High School site, and the Senior School (yr 10-12) on the current Primary School site.

Many questions were raised by attendees about the facilities that will be provided during building works AND the design of the proposed new buildings

The building designs are currently in progress. The SSDA (State Significant Development Application) is due to be released in the coming months.

We are concerned

  • that we have limited knowledge of the current plans, and that there will be little or no time to change anything once the SSDA is released
  • that the EFSG (Educational Facilities Standards and Guidelines) has been a restriction on the design team
  • about the staging of the development - particularly for HSC exams, the music program and anything else that requires the use of the hall
  • the proposed multi-purpose hall with no permanent stage will be a significant downgrade from our current facilities
  • about the future of the Music Studio (hall annex), organised by and partially paid by the P&C
  • about the proposed play spaces for the high school students
  • the proposed canteen and uniform shop spaces

 

 What can you do?

Please add your voice so that the best outcomes can be acheived. The more emails/letters received on a particular issue, the more likely it is that these concerns will be addressed. 

  • email comments and feedback to 
  • sign the Music Program Petition

 

Chatswood Education Precinct Upgrade Info

The NSW Government have setup a project page to display information regarding the school upgrade: https://www.schoolinfrastructure.nsw.gov.au/projects/c/chatswood-education-precinct.html

Chatswood Education Precinct Info Night

As per the invitation, you’re invited to meet with a member of the project team, have your say, and find out more about the staged approach to delivery of the new precinct, at one of our information sessions at the schools affected

  • Wednesday 19 September 2018, 7pm-8.30pm at Chatswood Public School Hall
  • Thursday, 20 September 2018, 7pm-8.30pm at Chatswood High Learning Centre

Chatswood Education Precinct

After many years of planning we are excited to announce that the first formal stage of planning approval has begun and the application is now publically available on the internet at http://www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/index.pl?action=view_job&job_id=9483

This application includes the Concept Design, note this is not a final document. We look forward to the next stages that include media releases and public consultation.

We will keep you in the loop as information becomes available.

Kind regards

Lynn Donohue President - Chatswood High School P&C Association

Andrea Austin President - Chatswood Public School P&C Association

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Chatswood Education Precinct - Proposal for redevelopment of high school

You may be aware the State Government has committed over $4 billion to upgrade public schools in NSW over the next 4 years. The redevelopment of Chatswood Public School has already been announced by the NSW Government.

In March 2018 School Infrastructure NSW, part of the NSW Department of Education, confirmed to the CHS P&C that planning is underway to investigate an option to redevelop Chatswood school (covering both public and high) infrastructure to meet anticipated future growth. The Department is in the process of finalising the proposal and expects to commence public engagement with school communities by mid-year assuming these plans are approved by NSW Treasury.

The CHS P&C are greatly encouraged by the inclusion of the high school in the much needed plans to redevelop the Chatswood Education Precinct. P&Cs from both public and high schools are collaborating closely on this matter.

Like our neighbouring public school, the high school also suffers from outdated facilities and overcrowding. Chatswood High School now has 11 demountable classrooms on-site to accommodate the growth in the number of high school students. This total swells to over 30 demountable classrooms when the Intensive English Centre and the Public School’s Bush Campus are included.

To support the future learning needs of our high school, students and teachers deserve new specialist facilities. Over recent years there has been a stop/start approach to upgrading Chatswood school facilities, so we are encouraged by a longer term and whole of precinct approach to provide learning spaces and facilities in this proposed redevelopment of both schools.
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We welcome the use of a Project Reference Group which includes Principals and P&C representatives from both schools. We also look forward to widespread community consultation on this much needed redevelopment commencing as soon as possible.
Our Regional Director of public schools Ms Sue Low welcomes any queries you may have on this proposal. She has kindly provided the following email address - .

We ask for your positive support to encourage this important development proposal.

CHS P&C President