Share Our Space will not be held during the upcoming Spring 2020 holidays as a result of COVID-19. We appreciate your understanding and will continue to assess the situation as we look towards delivering the program again soon. Please check this page for more information closer to the Summer 2020 holidays.
About Share Our Space
Through Share Our Space, public schools are able to offer local communities safe green and play spaces during school holiday breaks. We want to promote the value of our schools, place them at the heart of our communities, and keep school spaces active all year round.
What’s great about Share Our Space?
A unique program that opens school green and play spaces in the holidays and supports the Premier's Priority to increase open space for the people of NSW.
Prioritises schools in areas across NSW that don’t have a lot of open, quality community spaces.
Places schools at the heart of their communities and recognises the important role they play in supporting local people.
Provides quiet time out of school hours for adults and children.
A great way to give kids space to ride their bikes, play ball sports or get active.
Key things to know about Share Our Space:
The Share Our Space program starts the first Monday of each school holiday period and ends on the last Sunday.
Gates are opened at 8am and closed at approximately 5pm each day.
The list of schools that are open may change because of emergencies or natural disasters.
Each school will have only one gate open during Share Our Space times.
School toilets are not open during Share Our Space times.
We want to see how local communities are enjoying Share Our Space! Share photos and videos on social media using the hashtags #ShareOurSpace #LoveWhereYouLearn.
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.