P&C representative Shayla Strapps said the school was indebted to local businesses that helped bring the old 1970s area into the new century.
Ms Strapps said she was overwhelmed by the help and assistance shown to the school when they sought donations for the tired old playground that did not allow for wheelchair access.
“The playground had not been properly upgraded for several decades,” she said.
“The Education Support Centre has a number of children with wheelchairs and they were not able to access the playground as their wheelchairs and walkers would get stuck in the sand.
“We had been fundraising for a year and wanted the playground to allow the disabled kids to access them. We were on a limited budget, we had to go out and ask local businesses for support, to donate goods and feed volunteers.
“We were overwhelmed with the support and the very strong Hills spirit.”
About 250 students returned to the school last Monday for the start of Term 1.
Ms Strapps said from the time donated by local tradespeople to the nursery man who donated plants and has pledged a further $100 worth of plants every month for a year, the committee had been inundated with help.