Students at Old Bar Public School were today given their first glimpse at what the school’s new state-of-the-art two-storey building will look like, following the release of new architectural designs.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro, Education Minister Rob Stokes and Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead visited the school to showcase the new designs to some of the school’s youngest students.
“These new images are spectacular, and reveal the incredible facilities Old Bar students will be able to enjoy for years to come,” Mr Barilaro said.
“As Minister for Regional NSW I want people to look to regional NSW and think ‘I could have a great life there,’ – and we know that top-notch educational facilities is key to achieving that.
“Having raised a family in a regional location myself, I want our kids in regional areas to have access to the very best when it comes to their education,” he said.
The Old Bar Public School project means six demountable classrooms will be torn down and replaced with a two-storey building, which will house seven permanent future-focused and open-plan learning spaces, capable of accommodating up to 240 students.
The minister said the new bespoke building has been designed to include visual and organic elements from the seaside environment, including a gently undulating exterior façade to mimic the action of the waves.
A palette of blue and green vertical slats will wrap the double storey building to provide protection from the western sun. Inside, there’ll be flexible furniture and improved access to technology.
Old Bar Public School principal Deborah Scanes said she was delighted to be part of such an exciting development.
“Our teaching and support staff are committed to providing our students with dynamic learning opportunities, and we welcome the provision of this state of the art facility,” Ms Scanes said.
“Once built, and with the demountables removed, we’ll also have plenty more playground space for our 530 students,” she said.
“This investment means that Old Bar Public School has the facilities to support local students to thrive and excel for generations,” Mr Stokes said.
The Member for Myall Lakes, Mr Bromhead said he was excited for the project to get underway so students can move in next year.
“This is an important project for the students and the community more broadly, and I’m looking forward to seeing it take shape in coming months,” Mr Bromhead said.