Wirreanda Public and Hunter River High open for the holidays

Some of the Dance N Dazzle students who currently use the Wirreanda school hall for their lessons, trying out just one of the sets of equipment that will be able to be used during the holidays.
Some of the Dance N Dazzle students who currently use the Wirreanda school hall for their lessons, trying out just one of the sets of equipment that will be able to be used during the holidays.

 

IT is a commonly discussed point by parents in Medowie and Raymond Terrace that they wish there were more playgrounds in the area, in particular gated areas for children to play safely away from the road.

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As the school holidays rapidly approach, signalling the end of term one, Wirreanda Public School’s Principal, Ms Philippa Young, shared some exciting news with News Of The Area.

Wirreanda Public School in Medowie and Hunter River High School in Heatherbrae have successfully applied to be a part of a new ‘Share our Space’ program, allowing the schools to make their facilities available to the community during the April school holidays.

For Wirreanda, this means the NOLA, MPC COLA, Bottom Field and Primary equipment will be open from 8am until 6pm, seven days a week, from 16 April 2018 to 27 April 2018.

Bunting will be strung to separate the play areas from school buildings, which will be out of bounds.

Signage will be placed at the entrances to notify the times of access, and non-permitted activities.

Cleaners will arrive at 7am to open the gates and install empty rubbish bins at the entrance.

A Security Guard will be on site while the school is open, and the Security Guard will lock the gates at 6pm

The gated playground and wide open spaces of the playgrounds at Wirreanda will be the perfect spot for children to meet and play safely during the school holidays.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said “This is great news for families in the Hunter as it not only will give parents and children access to more open green space, but also provide them with more options for school holiday activities.”

This trial program has the potential to be a wonderful opportunity for Medowie’s young people during school breaks, and it is hoped that all residents will treat the school grounds with respect during this time, to ensure that this opportunity is offered to Port Stephens Schools again.

 

By Rachael VAUGHAN

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