What is Share Our Space?
We’re working to promote the value of our schools, to place them at the heart of our communities, and keep school spaces active all year round.
Through Share Our Space, public schools are able to offer their local communities the opportunity to enjoy safe green and play spaces during school holiday breaks.
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
- We look forward to sharing our spaces with you all again.
Why is this program being rolled out?
Schools are at the heart of our communities. We want to make sure everyone has access to open, green and play space.
What benefits are there to schools?
This program can assist public schools to build strong linkages with the broader community. It provides an opportunity for parents to introduce their children to the local school they may attend in the future.
The Department of Education’s School Infrastructure NSW division pays all costs associated with the program so there's no cost to schools.
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 spaces with a responsible adult. Security personnel are not responsible for ensuring visitor safety.
How will school assets be protected?
Patrolling security guards will monitor and protect the school’s buildings and assets, and are responsible for opening and closing school gates each day. Security personnel are not responsible for supervising children or other visitors to the space, but they will report unruly and unlawful behaviour to the police.
What if there is an accident or injury at the school?
For serious accidents or emergencies call 000 for assistance. Local services including Police Area Commands and relevant Councils are aware of Share Our Space. If you see anything of concern, please call our security team on 1300 880 021.
Will there be additional cleaning services?
Cleaners will regularly clean the spaces and empty rubbish bins at the school. There will also be a final clean of school grounds on the weekend before school term resumes.
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 no cost to the 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, promotion, cleaning and any incidental damages and maintenance required that arises due to the program.
What if there is a bushfire or another type of emergency over the holiday period?
Schools may also close their spaces in the case of a change in circumstances, for example, a bushfire. We will do our best to keep the list of participating schools updated in regard to any unforeseen or emergent events.
Why aren’t all schools participating? How can my school get involved?
We would love to have every school open but also need to ensure the safety of visitors and school assets. Schools are eligible to participate in Share Our Space if they meet rigorous criteria which includes being clear of major maintenance or construction. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you think your local school would like to participate.