By Renee Bogatko, Image Credit – supplied
Parents with young kids are all too familiar with the morning school rush – getting them dressed, fed and out the door.
For many, that time is made even harder when they have to drive to a school that’s not close to home.
But thankfully for parents in one of our regions fastest growing areas, that’s all about to change!
The community’s first public school will be built, under money set aside in the NSW Budget.
By the time the new school opens, there will be about 1000 primary school-aged children living in Googong – enough to fill the new school on opening day!
Googong Project Director Malcolm Leslie said it’s timely, given there’s a fast-growing population of school aged kids in the area.
“The Government’s decision will be a big relief for the hundreds of local families who have children coming through the system,” he said.
“Demand in Googong is unlikely to slow down any time soon. We expect the population will be half as big again in two years’ time and we are investing heavily to ensure our community has the best facilities when it needs them.”
One of those parents set to benefit from the new school is Skye Cabrera.
“I really want my daughter to go to school with the child across the road or the one around the corner, so she has that very real sense of community connection,” Skye said.
“For families like ours, driving our child to school is not an option, so we would have no choice but to put our four-year-old daughter on the bus. It is fantastic to know that we will have a school close enough for local children to walk or ride their bike.”
Skye opened Googong’s first family daycare, so she’s all too familiar with the strong demand for a local public school.
“I know a class full of children who will be ready for preschool in the next couple of years and their families, like us, have been grappling with the problem of where to send them to school and how they were going to get them there,” she said.
“Googong does have a private school, which has a wonderful reputation, but families need a choice in education for their children and not all of them are able to pay fees.”
The news comes just days after the NSW Government announced it’d set money aside for a new primary school in Murrumbateman.