Share Our Space is back these Summer 2020/21 school holidays, opening up NSW public school spaces for our communities to share and enjoy quality, green open space at their local school during the 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. View the list of participating schools.
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:
Share Our Space will be operating in participating schools from Monday 21 December 2020 to Friday, 22 January 2021, including public holidays.
Gates are opened at 8am and closed at 5pm each day.
To remind visitors to maintain appropriate physical distancing and COVID safe hygiene practices, additional signage will be provided. A weekly external cleaning service will also be provided to all Share Our Space schools during the holidays and at the end of the program.
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.
School toilets are not open during Share Our Space.
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?
The Share Our Space program follows all NSW health advice in relation to COVID-19. Safety is paramount.
Additional signage will be in place to remind visitors to maintain appropriate physical distancing and practice COVID safe hygiene practices. External cleaning services will be provided to all participating schools throughout the holidays and at the end of the program before the start of the school year in 2021.
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 email@example.com if you think your local school would like to participate.
An A-Z list of all schools participating in Share Our Space.
For more information, click on a school's name to visit that school's website.