Coogee Schools Maintain Demountable Trend as Numbers Soar Across NSW

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Whilst demountable classrooms have become a common sight at schools across New South Wales, figures reveal Coogee schools have remained relatively stable in their demountable numbers over the past decade.

This statistic comes as a stark contrast to the wider trend across the state, where demountable buildings have exploded in number, raising concerns about a lack of permanent learning spaces and diminished play areas for students.

Demountable Dynamics Across NSW

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In the broader landscape, the proliferation of demountables has been palpable, with a significant increase observed from 2014 to 2023. This surge has led to concerns among parents regarding the long-term implications of these supposedly temporary structures on students’ learning environments and recreational spaces.

Coogee Schools Defy Trend

Clovelly Public School
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However, within Coogee and the Easter Suburbs, schools have shown remarkable stability in demountable numbers. Clovelly Public School, Coogee Public School, South Coogee Public School, Randwick Boys High School, and Waverley Public School have maintained the same number of demountables over the years, bucking the statewide trend.

Regional Variations in Demountable Density

Carlingford West Public School
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Whilst Coogee schools boast consistent demountable numbers, other regions, particularly Greater Western Sydney, have experienced a proliferation of these temporary structures. Riverbank Public School, The Ponds High School, Girraween Public School, Carlingford West Public School, and Northbourne Public School stand out as examples of institutions grappling with high demountable densities, highlighting the varying challenges faced by different communities.

Community Concerns and Advocacy

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Parents and community leaders have been vocal in expressing their concerns regarding the impact of demountables on students’ learning experiences and overall well-being. Calls for action range from advocating for permanent infrastructure solutions to highlighting the need for adequate recreational spaces to support children’s physical and cognitive development.

Government Response and Future Plans

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In response to mounting pressure, Education Minister Prue Car has acknowledged the need for long-term planning to address infrastructure backlogs, particularly in areas experiencing rapid population growth. Whilst efforts are underway to provide permanent facilities in response to sustained enrolment demand, the issue remains complex and multifaceted.

Published Date 27-April-2024