Sandringham Primary School
Thank you for continuing to show the Sandringham College community spirit in welcoming the Sandringham Primary community so warmly. Principal Louise Neave and many families have conveyed to me just how grateful they are for our support during this very challenging time.
I’d like to share an update on interim school arrangements and plans for rebuilding Sandringham Primary.
The usual timeframe to build a school is 2-3 years, but the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) is working hard to expedite the process, with demolition and site preparation already underway.
In consultation with the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) we have been carefully considering the best medium-term solution for students, staff and families of Sandringham College, Sandringham PS and Sandringham East PS.
While everyone involved in the current temporary arrangements has been incredibly supportive, this is not considered a suitable solution for the medium-term, given the impacts on all three schools and the separation of Sandringham Primary students across two sites.
Serious consideration was given to returning Sandringham PS to their school grounds. It has become clear, however, that having students onsite during major construction would present potential safety risks and disrupt the learning environment for students and staff.
It would severely limit the outdoor play space available to students, as the temporary facilities would take up the playing field and most of the courts. And it would delay the rebuild timeframe, as construction access would be restricted by temporary facilities and the need for additional safety precautions.
After careful consideration of this and other options, we are now planning to establish a temporary school for Sandringham Primary that will be located at the junior campus of Sandringham College (Bluff Road). The aim is for students to attend the temporary school from the beginning of Term 2, 2020, and throughout the 2020 and 2021 school years.
We believe that Bluff Road is the best option for the temporary school, because it allows:
- all Sandringham Primary School students to be located together on one site
- good access for drop-off and pick-up
- relatively quick set-up in the short term
- good learning opportunities and sense of community in the medium term.
Sandringham PS will have its own dedicated space on the northern grassed area of the campus and will have access to our specialist facilities. This will restrict our use of these playing fields, but we are fortunate to have adequate space and multi-use courts across the campus.
Though the finer details regarding school operations are still being worked through, the VSBA will work closely with both schools to make the temporary school at Bluff Road a great space for students, staff and the community.
We’ll continue to share information as it becomes available. Thank you all for your continued support and understanding as we work through these plans.