Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has announced the name of a new school being developed at Glenmore Park.
The school, which is due to be completed for Term 1 2017 and will cater for up to 160 students with special needs, will be known as Fernhill School.
“After consulting with the community, the name Fernhill stuck. It is a name of historical significance here in the Mulgoa Valley,” Mr Piccoli said.
Mr Piccoli inspected the site of the purpose-built facility with the Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies. The new school is an investment of more than $16 million and will accommodate students from Kindergarten to Year 12. It is among 26 new or upgraded schools for students with special needs.
“From 2017, this new school will cater for young people with intellectual and physical disabilities in state-of-the-art facilities without the need to travel long distances from home,” Mr Piccoli said.
Facilities at Fernhill School will include:
· Special education classrooms;
· Interactive learning spaces:
· A hydrotherapy pool;
· Outdoor learning areas; and
· A multipurpose hall.
Mrs Davies said the new school is designed to be energy efficient and ecologically sustainable.
“We are building a valuable asset to provide local communities with a much needed resource,” Mrs Davies said.
Since 2011 the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has committed more than $4 billion to school infrastructure and maintenance, funding 23 new and relocated schools and 50 major upgrades.
This investment is on top of the $1 billion education fund as part of Rebuilding NSW, which will see 1,600 new or refurbished classrooms delivered across the State.