If there’s one wish we could ask for this school holidays, it’s probably for more ways to entertain the kids.

And it turns out our wish has been granted by an unlikely Christmas elf. NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes just opened the gates of 42 schools for the whole summer.

Mr Stokes launched the Come Play Summer Pilot Program at Mona Vale Public School. The program lets families use the valuable play spaces during school holidays.

“Schools are an important part of every community and often occupy prime open space. Instead of locking the gate this summer, the trial program will share this public space to allow people to exercise and play at their local school over the summer holiday break,” Mr Stokes said.

“We are trialing the program during the holidays with selected schools opening up their playgrounds, ovals and sports courts for the enjoyment of their communities.”

School’s not out for summer

NSW School Playgrounds Staying Open for Summer

And parents who live near public schools with the newly-opened playgrounds are thrilled.

Trista Smith, a mum-of-two and teacher from Gunnedah, lives near GS Kidd Memorial High School. She told Mum Central:

“I’m really excited about this. The school has great equipment and it’s safer than a lot of the parks around here, because the grounds are fenced and away from traffic. Plus it’s just down the street from us!”

And it’s not only good news for parents. The schools and their communities will receive a boost too:

“Participating schools will receive a $15,000 grant to help upgrade their facilities for community and school use,” says Mr Stokes.

Find your closest school

The following schools will open  from 23 December, 2017 to the end of school holidays in late January, 2018:

RegionSchoolAddress
Hunter Central CoastBelmont High School424 Pacific Highway, Belmont
Hunter Central CoastCessnock East Public SchoolOld Maitland Road, Cessnock
Hunter Central CoastHunter School of Performing ArtsLambton Road, Broadmeadow
Hunter Central CoastLambton Public School18-30 Croudace Street, Lambton
Hunter Central CoastMaitland Public School70 Elgin Street, Maitland
Hunter Central CoastMuswellbrook High SchoolKing Street, Muswellbrook
Hunter Central CoastRedhead Public SchoolHutchinson Street, Redhead
Hunter Central CoastWangi Wangi Public SchoolDobell Drive, Wangi Wangi
North CoastBowraville Central School23 High Street, Bowraville
North CoastHastings Secondary College Port Macquarie CampusOwen & Burrawan Streets, Port Macquarie
North CoastToormina Public SchoolCavanba Road, Toormina
North CoastWilliam Bayldon Public SchoolLyons Road, Sawtell
North Western NSWGS Kidd Memorial High School37 Lincoln Street, Gunnedah
Northern SydneyAsquith Boys High SchoolJersey Street, Asquith
Northern SydneyBeauty Point Public School17 Medusa Street, Mosman
Northern SydneyMarsden High School22a Winbourne Street, West Ryde
Northern SydneyMona Vale Public SchoolWaratah Street, Mona Vale
South Western SydneyAppin Public School97 Appin Road, Appin
South Western SydneyBelmore South Public SchoolNelson Avenue & Canterbury Road, Belmore
South Western SydneyCampbelltown East Public SchoolWaminda Avenue, Campbelltown
South Western SydneyCampbelltown Performing Arts High SchoolBeverley Road, Campbelltown
South Western SydneyGranville Boys High School14 Mary Street, Granville
South Western SydneyJames Busby High SchoolBrolga Crescent, Green Valley
South Western SydneyLiverpool Public SchoolRailway Street, Liverpool
South Western SydneyPrairiewood High SchoolPrairievale Road, Wetherill Park
South Western SydneyStrathfield South Public School457 Liverpool Road,  Strathfield
Southern NSWGlenroy Public SchoolLogan Road, North Albury
Southern NSWGriffith High SchoolCoolah Street, Griffith
Southern NSWKoonawarra Public SchoolByamee Street, Dapto
Southern NSWLavington Public School497 Hague Street,  Lavington
Southern NSWMurray High SchoolKaitlers Rd, Lavington
Southern NSWWollondilly Public SchoolNewton & Hoskins Streets, Goulburn
SydneyBangor Public School130 Menai Road, Bangor
SydneyGeorges River College Hurstville Boys CampusKenwyn Street, Hurstville
SydneyHaberfield Public SchoolDenman Avenue, Haberfield
SydneyIllawong Public SchoolFowler Road, Illawong
SydneyMarrickville High SchoolNorthcote Street, Marrickville
SydneyMortdale Public SchoolColebourne Avenue, Mortdale
SydneyPagewood Public SchoolPage Street, Botany
Western SydneyBlaxland High SchoolCoughlan Road, Blaxland
Western SydneyNepean Creative and Performing Arts High SchoolGreat Western Hwy, Emu Plains

 

For more ways to keep the kids occupied during the holidays, check these ideas for fun summer activities.

Author

Originally from the UK, but now very much at home on the sunny NSW Central Coast, Sarah is mum to 18-month-old Freddy. When she's not writing, you'll find her at the beach, chasing Freddy at high speed, or drinking tea and eating cake whilst thinking about going to the gym.

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