The St Mary St Joseph Primary School in Maroubra has been given the green light to undergo a $10-million renovation after a year of assessment with the planning panel.
In July 2020, the school lodged a development application (DA/259/2020) with the Randwick City Council, detailing plans to demolish three buildings and the existing playground area, create a new two-storey building block, and refurbish two other buildings with “Aspect classrooms.”
The development also includes additions or improvements to the playground, landscaping, pedestrian path, and other amenities. Once completed, the school community shall benefit from new state-of-the-art learning areas, a bigger library, a new basketball court, and improved rooms for the staff and teaching unit.
The upgrade is the biggest development project in 10 years as the school’s population grows. Principal John Farrell expects the construction work to finish by 2024.
Prior to the approval of the development, members of the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel visited and inspected the site in May 2021. Per the panel’s unanimous decision to approve the application:
“The Panel is satisfied the proposed development will provide improved facilities for the school and community while at the same time maintaining the number of students at 440 and 30 teachers. The Panel considers the application worthy of approval and it will not result in any unreasonable impacts.”
Founded in 1935 by the Brigidine Sisters, St Mary St Joseph Primary School in Maroubra proud to be a low-fee Catholic school that exemplifies the Brigidine tradition of “strength and gentleness.”