Generations of students have honed their cricket skills on the Wahroonga Adventist School oval, grazed their knees on its asphalt playground and played with their younger siblings on the jungle gym at lunchtime. But those days are now over.
To accommodate the building of new housing for those working and studying at the Sydney Adventist Hospital, Wahroonga Adventist School has been cut in half—with Prep to Year 2 children on the old campus, and Years 3 to 6 students on a new temporary mini-campus contiguous with the Wahroonga Adventist Church.
To accommodate the building of new housing for those working and studying at the Sydney Adventist Hospital, Wahroonga Adventist School has been cut in half. . .
Along with the split, the school’s old asphalt playground has been covered in colourful astroturf. There is now a wire fence cutting the old school oval in half to accommodate hospital parking for the time being, and construction shortly.
It’s just not cricket – the old Wahroonga school cricket pitch fenced off to make way for construction.
Astroturf where once asphalt reigned supreme.
Principal Michelle Streatfeild with admirer at the new mini-campus (note: brick structure looming large in the background is the Wahroonga Adventist Church).
The new campus has a basketball ring, handball squares and a grassy play area roughly one-sixth the size of the old oval. There are discussions focusing on extending the new campus play area early next year. The plan is to eventually reunite the campuses at the new site, build extensive new recreation facilities including full-size basketball courts and a new full-sized oval, and expand the school to include Years 7 to 12. However, funding remains a critical sticking point.
Tracey, who has two children at the school, notes: “The move has gone relatively smoothly, but my kids miss their old play area. The school’s staff have been terrific. I hope construction of the new permanent school and associated facilities begins very soon.” A group of three parents chatting in front of the old school agree, all expressing hope the campuses will be reunited and the school expanded soon.
The school has consistently run at an operational surplus up until the move and is deeply appreciated by members of the church and community members who entrust their children to Adventist education.