Governor and Premier officially open Marie Bashir Public School
26 February 2014
The Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Marie Bashir AC CVO, and NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell today officially opened the new $26.3 million Marie Bashir Public School at Strathfield.
"Marie Bashir Public School opened on the first day of the 2014 school year, with 80 students walking through the gates," said Mr O'Farrell who was joined at today's event by NSW Governor Marie Bashir, Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli and Strathfield MP Charles Casuscelli.
"The school will eventually have capacity for 850 students, which is great news for an area with a growing population," Mr O'Farrell said.
"Marie Bashir has made an outstanding contribution to NSW, both as Governor and during her distinguished medical career.
"Professor Bashir was herself educated at public schools in NSW, from Narrandera Public School to Sydney Girls High School. It is fitting that one of our public schools now bears her name.
"Marie Bashir became NSW Governor in 2001 and she retires in September this year.
"This new school will serve as a permanent tribute to Marie Bashir who has endeared herself to people across NSW because of her passion, commitment and dedication to her work."
Mr Piccoli said the school site was purchased for $25 million and a $1.3 million capital works program was undertaken to upgrade classrooms, the canteen and student toilets and to install a lift.
"Acquiring the former Sydney Adventist College allowed us to very quickly provide additional school accommodation in an area of growing need," Mr Piccoli said.
"Building a brand new school of the same size in this area would have cost in the order of $38 million.
"The NSW Government is investing in education infrastructure, committing $2.4 billion to infrastructure and maintenance since the election of the Liberals & Nationals Government.
"Total education capital expenditure for 2013-14 is $530 million – continuing the significant investment in government education facilities.
"In just over two years 15 new or relocated public schools have been funded, including the Marie Bashir Public School, new primary schools at Spring Farm, The Ponds, and the lower North Shore and a new high school in Sydney's lower North Shore.
"The Education Budget includes $203 million to continue 44 major projects at government schools and TAFE colleges including building works and enhancing information technology systems."
Mr Casuscelli said the opening of the new Marie Bashir Public School is great news for local families.
"The population of the Inner West is growing, so it is fantastic we now have additional classroom space for families wishing to enrol their children in a public school," he said.
"Marie Bashir Public School provides local students with first-class educational facilities