Locals upset with new rule

In the week leading up to Christmas, the school put letters in mailboxes notifying residents of the access changes and telling them they could enter the grounds “as students have left college for the school holidays”. Large signs are posted at the gates indicating whether the school is open to the public or closed.

Some residents believe the school, which occupies about a third of the suburb and pays no fees, should give them year-round access so they can walk to the foreshore.

“The community is particularly annoyed by the restriction to the bush path in the foreshore.”

Riverview resident Kirsten

“We have been here for 17 years. We have always used the site for cycling, walking the dog and exercising… the main thing the community is upset about is the restriction to the foreshore bush trail,” said resident Kirsten, who did not want her last name published.

“This is a bush trail that goes around the water that goes all the way down to the river bank. There is also a private ferry stop. Many of us take water taxis from this wharf.

“It has also given the school a lot of free security; There were people on the premises looking out for them.”

Riverview Director Dr. Paul Hine said that herald The school had a duty to provide a child-safe environment during the school week and weekends when the boarding students were at home.

dr Paul Hine, Principal of St. Ignatius' College at Riverview in Sydney.

dr Paul Hine, Principal of St. Ignatius’ College at Riverview in Sydney. Credit:Matt Wrixon

“The college grounds are being used for school-related activities during this time and as such the property is closed to the public on these occasions,” he said.

“We ask that the public enjoy the property when it is open, however please respect the grounds and obey all signage at the college entrance e.g. E.g. the closure on New Year’s Eve.”

“We understand that our school is a big part of the local community, and we welcome neighbors to the college wherever and whenever possible.”

Not everyone is against the school’s decision to fence off the school. Riverview’s Annette Winning said the move was “entirely reasonable” for a school to do with its own country as it pleases.

“Probably they are dog walkers who complain when they open the grounds when the students are not there I think they are very generous.”

Riverview resident Annette Winning

“It’s probably dog ​​walkers who are complaining. If they open up the grounds when the students aren’t there, I think they’re being very generous,” she said.

“I know we pay their installments, but they still have to pay to maintain the site.”

In recent decades, public schools have installed large black metal fences around their perimeter to deter vandalism on school grounds, but some are open to the public during school holidays as part of the Share Our Space program.

Most private schools are closed to the public, but some, like King’s School in North Parramatta, said organized groups could use the facilities if they requested access beforehand.

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Callan Tansill

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