The first concept designs for the planned upgrades to Manly Village Public School have been published.
According to School Infrastructure NSW, “The concept design for the Manly Village Public School upgrade has been approved. A head design consultant has completed the design and technical documentation required for the upgrade and a heritage architectural consultant will ensure the project’s scope sits within the existing building fabric.”
Their description of the multi-million-dollar overhaul states: “The project will include the relocation and upgrade of administration facilities, new fit-for-purpose learning spaces, including a new special programs space, and additional breakout rooms and storage spaces with new out of school hours care (OOSHC) facilities.”
James Griffin, NSW Government MP for Manly, said, “the upgraded facilities are an exciting addition that will deliver modern resources to local students.
“Manly is a growing community and the upgrade at the school is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to supporting students and families in this area for both now and for generations to come.”
NSW Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell, added, “We are working hard to provide schools with modern facilities designed specifically for their community.”
NSW Government School Infrastructure website , which details the progress of planned upgrades to educational institutions, declares, “The $240 million Schools Renewal Program aims to accelerate projects that will improve the amenity of schools and kick start local jobs for local communities. This is a co-funded program, with each school contributing up to 50 per cent of the project cost.”
Mr Griffin added, “In this primary school cluster, additional capacity has been delivered through more than 80 new and refurbished classrooms at Curl Curl North Public School, Manly Vale Public School and Brookvale Public School.
“For Manly Village Public School, the Department of Education will look to improve the standard and design of learning spaces and administration facilities at the school.
“With the community centre moving to their new location at 52 Raglan Street, the opportunity to expand and improve the facilities at Manly Village was one we couldn’t miss.”
The historic institution, one of Sydney’s oldest educational facilities, was originally opened as Manly National School on 28 September 1858, on the corner of Belgrave and Carlton Streets in Manly. It was renamed Manly Public School in 1867 a year after the formation of the Council of Education when it achieved public school status and a school board.
In 1882 it moved to its current site, on the corner of Darley Rd and Wentworth St, in Central Manly, and in 1925 expanded to include a high school. In 1945, when senior students were relocated to the current Balgowlah Boys Campus on Maretimo St, the school catered for primary-aged students and was later renamed Manly Village Public School.
Manly Village Public School is renowned for producing high achievers. According to Brave and Bold: Manly Village Public School 1858-2008 by John Ramsland (2008 Brolga Publishing): “From the beginning of the 20th century onwards, the school became a potent nursery for sporting champions, scholars, and future Australian identities and leaders, including many Olympic swimmers and several national rugby stars as well as accomplished businesswomen, academics, journalists, artists and prominent professionals.
“The famous included the war hero Roden Cutler, the international swimmers and surfers Andrew “Boy” Charlton, Ernest Henry, Max Riddington, and Noel “Tiger” Ryan, and rugby greats like Rob Heming, Rex Mossop, Charlie Eastes and others. And then there was the poet Bruce Beaver and the philosopher John Passmore.”
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MVPS upgrade works progress