NEXT STEPS ‘POP UP’ FOR NORTHERN RIVERS SCHOOLS

10/04/2022 09:30 AM

In response to devastating flooding, 100 ‘pop up’ classrooms are ready to be rolled out across the Northern Rivers, as nine significantly damaged schools are earmarked for rebuilding.

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said that more than 1,200 students and 150 teachers from nine schools have been learning from other sites, using the school within a school model which prioritises keeping students and their teachers together.

“Efforts to get pop up classrooms installed have been somewhat hampered by ongoing poor weather but I want to assure the community that as soon the ground is sufficiently dry, our Department of Education teams will be getting them in place,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Having visited the flood-affected schools a few times now, I am in awe of the spirit of generosity and incredible efforts from principals, teachers and school staff to get the best learning and wellbeing supports in place for their students.

“We will be consulting the community every step of the way as we plan the rebuilding of these nine schools.”
Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said schools are the hubs of local communities, particularly for small towns across the Northern Rivers region.

“The determination, resilience and kindness within these communities has been amazing to witness,” Ms Cooke said.

“Schools have an incredible ability to bring our communities together which is why it’s so important to have them repaired and operational as soon as possible.”

Pop up classrooms are on their way with an aim to having them set up as early as possible in Term 2.

School

Current

As early as possible in Term 2

Blakebrook PS

School within a school at Goolmangar PS

Pop up school at Blakebrook PS site

Broadwater PS

School within a school at Evans River

Pop up school at Evans River CS site

Condong PS

Murwillumbah Jockey Club

Pop up school at Murwillumbah South Infants site

Lismore South PS

School within a school Goonellabah PS

Pop up up school at Lismore South site

The Rivers Secondary College - Richmond River Campus

School within a school at Lismore Campus

Pop up school at Lismore Campus site

Tumbulgum PS

School within a school at Cudgen PS

Pop up school at Tumblegum PS

The following schools with smaller cohorts will continue as schools within a school for the time being:

  • Cabbage Tree Island PS - School within a school at Southern Cross PS
  • Empire Vale PS - School within a school at Southern Cross PS
  • Wardell PS - School within a school at Alstonville PS


MEDIA:

Sam McGill | Minister Mitchell | 0419 840 643
Ben Sheath | Minister Cooke | 0403 767 636

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