Neighbourhood families share the love for Share Our Space
A flood of gratitude and praise has poured in, for schools who opened their gates as part of Share Our Space these past July school holidays.
- 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
Share Our Space is actually quite a complex initiative. While it might seem straightforward to open school gates and invite the community in, there are a range of considerations but we’re determined to find a way through.
After all, public schools are the beating heart of our communities. They belong to everyone and should be a place of togetherness, and of local pride. We want to see them open and welcoming, providing space for Aussie kids, and encouraging everyone to enjoy the outdoors together.
We’re working to make Share Our Space bigger, better, more impactful and with greater community spirit – every holidays.
We look forward to sharing our spaces with you all again in the September holidays (and beyond)! Stay tuned for our next list of participating schools.
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?
Security Personnel have been briefed with emergency protocols should they become aware of an accident or incident 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?
Security is organised to suit the needs of individual schools. Gates will be locked each evening to ensure the security of the school is maintained, and opened each morning.
Assets Safety Checks will be conducted three times over the course of the holidays, to ensure any repairs or issues are identified and actioned quickly.
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.
Are schools open on weekends and public holidays during school holidays?
During the July school holidays, participating school playgrounds are open from 8am to 5pm, from Monday 8th to Friday 19 July (including the weekend of Sat 13 - Sun 14 July).
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 facilities with a responsible adult. The onsite security personnel are briefed with emergency protocols to follow should they become aware of an accident or incident at the school, but are not responsible for ensuring visitor safety.
How will the Program be funded – are local schools expected to pay?
No, there is not 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.