FOLEY MEETS WITH THE PONDS HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS CONCERNED ABOUT OVERCROWDING

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NSW Labor leader Luke Foley has met with parents from The Ponds High School who are concerned that their new school is already at risk of becoming overcrowded.

The Ponds High School, designed for 1,200, is just three years old but with an additional 320 year 7 students who started this year, the school is already feeling the squeeze. 

Enrolment figures show that the school grew from 180 students in 2015, to 453 in 2016 and 815 last year.

The Ponds High School currently only caters for Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 students. Enrolments will include Year 11 students next year and Year 12 in 2020.

Parents are concerned that in five years’ time the school will need 50 demountables which will take up valuable playground space; they’re calling for an urgent infrastructure plan to deal with a looming overcrowding crisis. On top of this:

  • No shade in playground areas or where children sit to eat
  • No air-conditioning in permanent buildings
  • A 27 page defect report is yet to be actioned

While Premier Gladys Berejiklian remains steadfast in her scheme to splurge $2.7 billion to knock-down and rebuild two Sydney stadiums, schools like The Ponds High School are being neglected.

At the current rate it will take the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government 45 years to deliver the new schools that are required within the next 15 years.

Mr Foley is in the electorate of Riverstone as part of his statewide ‘Schools and Hospitals before Stadiums’ tour, one year out from the 2019 March election.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley 

“The Berejiklian Government needs to be planning ahead to cater for the growing population of school students.

I fear that following six years of inaction on schools building, the Liberals are softening us for increased class sizes and more demountables. 

“Premier Berejiklian has her priorities all wrong. She’s choosing $2.7 billion for stadiums, while letting schools like The Ponds High struggle under the weight of increasing enrolments.”