7th February Update: Rebuilding Sandringham Primary School

Dear Sandringham Primary School community,

I am pleased to be able to provide you with an update on the rebuild of our school.

As you know, the damage to our buildings has been significant, in particular to the west wing, south wing, and library. However, in welcome news, it appears likely that much of the external heritage-listed brick wall façade can be saved.

This week, the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) has completed preliminary works across the school site, to ensure the remaining buildings are safe and weatherproof.

The next step is demolition works, which are scheduled to begin in the next two weeks. The demolition phase will take 8-10 weeks to complete, and will be carefully managed to preserve as much heritage façade as possible.

As you may know, there is asbestos present on the school site. I can assure you that all necessary controls will be implemented. Air quality monitoring will be operating during asbestos works, and a clearance certificate will be issued by an independent occupational hygienist.
It is important to note that our school is now an active construction site, and must not be accessed by staff, students or the community until further notice.

I understand this is a very difficult time for many students and staff. We will continue to offer counselling services to students as required.
We are now planning for the long-term future and rebuild of our school. I will continue to keep you updated every step of the way.

Thank you for your ongoing understanding and support.

Louise Neave
Sandringham Primary School