School security boost

Tranby Primary School principal Mark Burns at the fence that will be replaced. Picture: Martin Kennealey d419896
Tranby Primary School principal Mark Burns at the fence that will be replaced. Picture: Martin Kennealey d419896

The new fence will allow the school to finally host events after hours because staff will be able to control who has access to the school.

‘We hope to host school discos, twilight summer gatherings and art exhibitions,’ Mr Burns said.

He said recent vandalism was disheartening.

‘We had the courts resurfaced and came back last weekend and they’d been covered with graffiti,’ Mr Burns said last week.

‘We’ve had incidents of people camping in the undercover area, urinating, and syringes have found in the past.’

He said that one year $80,000 was spent replacing broken windows, and youths had been using shade sails at the school as trampolines, forcing the school to install barbed wire around the poles to stop people climbing on to the roof.

The Department of Education increased security patrols around the school and parents and residents were encouraged to call School Watch if they saw suspicious activity.

The department’s infrastructure executive director John Fischer said wilful damage totalled $192,329 over three years, making Tranby one of the highest priority schools for a fence.

‘Members of the public should call School Watch on 1800 177 777 or police on 131 444 if they see or hear anything suspicious on school sites,’ Mr Fischer said.

The fence will include 50m of garrison fencing along the front of the school. The remaining fence will consist of black powder-coated chain mesh. It will be 2.1m high and enclose the school buildings.