Campbelltown-based teachers, students and their parents have good reason to be furious following details of a new school in Sydney’s north, Campbelltown MP Greg Warren said.
The Lindfield Learning Village has been labelled “revolutionary” and will abandon many traditional teaching methods.
An artist’s impression of the school shows a colourful, state-of-the-art school surrounded by bushland.
However, Mr Warren said the future wasn’t as bright for Campbelltown schools that were still experiencing infrastructure backlogs of several million dollars in total.
The Campbelltown LGA is expected to grow from close to 168,000 residents to more than 275,000 by the year 2036, however there was no money for new classrooms in the 2018-19 state budget.
Lindfield Learning Village features:
Quotes attributed to Campbelltown MP Greg Warren:
“Premier Gladys Berejiklian can spin this more than a Shane Warne leg break, but in reality this is just another kick in the guts for Campbelltown schools.
“Local schools are hamstrung by infrastructure backlogs into the millions of dollars, yet this state government has decided to open the cheque book and build what is essentially a hippy-style long day care centre in the leafy suburbs of northern Sydney.
“Students and teachers at Lindfield Learning Village will ditch the traditional classroom in favour of learning spaces around waterholes and campfires.
“Meanwhile teachers and students in Campbelltown will have to make do in run-down classrooms with no air-conditioning where they are forced to bathe in a pile of their own sweat in summer.
“NSW Labor believes air-conditioning is a basic and urgent requirement for all schools, that’s why we have promised to put air-conditioning in every school in the state, should we win the upcoming election.
“The state government has only promised to put air-conditioning in new or upgraded schools which will largely benefit seats of Liberal MPs, like Camden’s Chris Patterson.
“The issues surrounding schools in Campbelltown aren’t limited to those that already exist either.
“The Campbelltown LGA is expected to grow by more than 60 per cent to almost 275,000 residents by the year 2036.
“But there was not one cent allocated for new schools in the Campbelltown electorate in the 2018-19 state budget.
“If the state government want to invest millions into a state-of-the-art school, that new school should be right here in Campbelltown.”