100 pop-up classrooms to arrive for flooded schools next term

ABOVE: Broadwater School students. Photo” NSW Education Department

One hundred pop-up classrooms will be set up in the Northern Rivers after nine schools were damaged in the floods.

The State Government aims to have the classrooms set up as early as possible in Term 2.

Broadwater School students have been learning at the Evans River school site and a pop-up school will be set up there.

Blakebrook School will get a temporary classroom on the Blakebrook site while the flood damage at the school is repaired.

Schools with smaller student numbers will continue as a school within school for now.

This includes Empire Vale Primary School and Cabbage Tree Island Primary School which will operate out of the Southern Cross Public School site in Ballina.

Wardell Primary will continue to operate out of Alstonville Primary School.

Education and Early Learning Minister Sarah Mitchell said that more than 1,200 students and 150 teachers from nine schools have been learning from other sites, using the school within a school model which keeps students and their teachers together.

“Efforts to get pop-up classrooms installed have been hampered by ongoing poor weather but I want to assure the community that as soon the ground is sufficiently dry, our Department of Education teams will be getting them in place,” Ms Mitchell said.

“We will be consulting the community every step of the way as we plan the rebuilding of these nine schools.”

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