Neighbourhood families share the love for Share Our Space
Share Our Space is getting bigger, better and more impactful with greater community spirit – every holidays.
What people are saying about Share Our Space
- Wow what a lovely thing to do! Community spirit, I love it! – Fassifern PS
- How splendid! - Nowendoc PS
- This is yet another reason why I love WPS! – Warialda PS
- That’s a great idea! – Lawson PS
- That’s fantastic! That’s awesome! – Barrington PS
- Great idea! – Candelo PS
Public schools are the beating heart of our communities. They belong to everyone and should be a place of togetherness and local pride. We want to see them open and welcoming, providing space for kids, and encouraging everyone to enjoy the outdoors together.
We look forward to sharing our spaces with you all again.
Who supervises the children while they’re in the school grounds?
Similar to visiting a local park or playground, we encourage everyone to enjoy these school play space with a responsible adult. The patrolling security personnel are not responsible for ensuring visitor safety.
What benefits are there to schools?
Through Share Our Space public schools offer their local communities and neighbours a great opportunity to safely and securely enjoy outdoor school play spaces during the holidays. It's also an opportunity for parents in the area to introduce their children to the local school they will attend in future.
The Department of Education’s School Infrastructure NSW unit pays all costs associated with the program so there's no cost to schools.
Why is this Program being rolled out?
Schools are at the heart of our communities. We want to make sure there are beautiful green open spaces and playgrounds accessible that everyone can appreciate.
What if there is an accident or injury at the school?
For serious accidents or emergencies, you can dial 000 for assistance. Local services including Local Area Command (Police) and relevant Councils have been made aware of the Program. If you observe anyone breaking the rules please call our security team on 1300 880 021.
Will there be additional cleaning services?
Cleaners will regularly clean the open space and empty rubbish bins at the school. There will also be a final clean of school grounds on the weekend before school term resumes.
How will school assets be protected?
The role of onsite guards is to monitor and protect the school’s buildings and assets. Security personnel are not responsible for supervising visitors. However, security will report unruly and unlawful behaviour to the police.
Are toilets open to the public at participating schools?
During Share Our Space school toilets are not open for use by the public.
How will the Program be funded – are local schools expected to pay?
No, there is not a cost to the individual school.
The Department of Education’s School Infrastructure NSW unit, who is tasked with the planning, delivery and maintenance of public schools, covers the costs of the program. This includes signage, security patrols, promotion, cleaning and any incidental damages and maintenance required that arises due to the program.
Why aren’t all schools participating? How can my school get involved?
We use a rigorous criteria to identify suitable schools for participation in Share Our Space each holiday period. We would love to have every school open but also need to ensure the safety of visitors and sites. Schools are eligible if they meet this criteria which includes being clear of major renovations or construction. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you think your local school would like to participate.