Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.


Wednesday March 23, 2016

Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli and Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP, today announced the name of the new school being developed in Glenmore Park, catering specifically for students with disabilities.


The school, due for completion in Term 1 2017, will be known as Fernhill School, following discussions with the local community.


“After consulting with the community, the name Fernhill stuck. It is a name of historical significance here in the Mulgoa Valley,” Mr Piccoli said.


Minister Piccoli and Tanya Davies inspected the site of the $16.1 million purpose-built facility, which will accommodate up to 160 students from Kindergarten through to Year 12.


“From 2017, this new school will cater for young people with intellectual and physical disabilities in state-of-the-art facilities without them having to travel long distances from home,” Mr Piccoli said.


As part of the investment, facilities at Fernhill School will include:

  • Special education classrooms;
  • Interactive learning spaces;
  • A hydrotherapy pool;
  • Outdoor learning areas; and
  • A multipurpose hall


Tanya Davies commented on Fernhill School’s energy efficient and ecologically sustainable design, as well as the crucial purpose underpinning the development of the special needs school,


“Fernhill School represents an exciting development for the Mulgoa Community. In particular, the new school will provide a high quality, purpose-designed environment for students and their families residing within the region, lifting any previous burdens or unnecessary difficulties that previously faced them,” Tanya Davies said.


Since 2011 the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has committed more than $4 billion to school infrastructure and maintenance, funding 23 new and relocated schools and 50 major upgrades.


This investment is in addition to the $1 billion education fund, as part of Rebuilding NSW, which will be responsible for 1,600 new or refurbished classrooms delivered across the State.