November 198 - 24, 2018: Issue 384


Barrenjoey High Performance Space Funding Tops $1.2 million

November 13, 2018

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today announced additional funding for the construction of a Community Performance Space at Barrenjoey High School.

The NSW Government has provided a further $174,000 towards the project, bringing the Government’s total contribution to $1.234 million.

The latest funding includes $124,000 under the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants Program and a further $50,000 under the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund.

Earlier funding contributions included $1 million under the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund and $60,000 under the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Program.

“This will be a fantastic addition to the school,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Barrenjoey High has an outstanding reputation in performing arts education and has produced some amazing talent.

“The performance space will provide the school community with an incredible asset to help promote and encourage future generations of performers.

“Barrenjoey’s P&C Association is passionate about seeing their vision for this project become a reality – so I’m delighted the NSW Government has been able to provide the funding boost it needs to see it delivered,” Rob Stokes said.

Background and Previously

December 2015 Community News: Help Build Barrenjoey Community Performance Space (Notice continued through 2016)

Funds For Barrenjoey Community Performance Space - September 6th, 2017 - by Rob Stokes

$1 Million For Barrenjoey Community Performance Space - October 20th, 2017 - by Rob Stokes

Barrenjoey Community Performance Space
Barrenjoey High School is a highly regarded comprehensive public high school that has been an integral part of our community for over 50 years, with 3 generations of northern beaches residents educated at the “school by the sea”.

Barrenjoey has consistently provided a stimulating learning environment that recognizes and fosters the individual talents of our children, whether in the arts or sciences.  Through the exceptional leadership of principals past and present, and the dedication of teachers and staff, Barrenjoey has proven to be more than a strong public school.  It’s unique location and its personal approach to education has allowed our children to develop a “sense of belonging” as well as a love of learning. They have built lasting friendships within a close-knit community that appreciates the value of having a strong local public high school.

Our school has seen many physical improvements over the years with the full support of the staff, P&C, parents, students and the wider community.  The building of the much needed school hall could not have been possible without that support and commitment, as well as other projects such as the outdoor BBQ area, the Art Shed and the Art Gallery.  The school leadership has consistently worked hard to successfully access grants and state funding which has resulted in new technology in the classrooms, new hospitality kitchens, resurfaced basketball courts and significantly improved landscaping.  The various programs built around achieving high educational outcomes have been extremely effective, including the “Senior Study” library facility, advanced HSC course offerings, tutoring programs, and PCS sharing of HSC courses to provide a wider choice of subjects for students.  HSC results have significantly improved, particularly over the last decade, were students are achieving at the highest levels.

Barrenjoey has always recognised the unique artistic and creative talent of our local community and has created multiple platforms where students can showcase those talents, and the wider community can experience high quality art exhibits and drama and musical performances.  The hugely popular Music Room regularly features student talent as well as professional musical groups, and the School’s MADD nights have been widely embraced as a great way for students of all year levels to stage music, dance and drama performances for the whole community.  The BHS concert and jazz bands regularly feature in competitions and local community events.

A major project is now in development to create a new, more intimate performance space at Barrenjoey. The Barrenjoey Community Performance Space will provide a purpose built, architect designed amphitheatre which will support the vision of the school leadership to better showcase the talents of our students and the wider community.  We are undertaking a major fundraising drive to expand on the growing reputation of our school as an exceptional place of learning and creativity.  A simple investment will benefit  present and future students as well as the wider public, and help provide a valuable facility dedicated to the arts where performance and creativity can flourish.

Please view the plan on the school website.  Tax deductible donations can be made to our Building Fund via the Treasury at Barrenjoey High School.