VANDALISM is costing a Karrinyup school about $70,000 a year.
Newborough Primary School principal John Worthy is concerned about ongoing vandalism at the school, with the new $60,000 nature playground the latest casualty.
Mr Worthy said “unwanted visitors” caused damage to the playground on November 19, ran on the roof of the school and “trashed” the premises. He said vandalism occurred regularly, with cleaners having to scour the school grounds for glass and damage before students began their day.
This year the school has had to repair shade sails a couple of times and replace drinking fountains because of damage.
“The vandalism and damage over the last five years has cost us $70,000 per year,” Mr Worthy said.
“You can’t measure the time it takes to clean up… and the distress it causes when we come to school.”
The school has installed CCTV cameras on loan from the Education Department as a temporary measure.
It will be assessing its options for next year, including possibly erecting a fence. Mr Worthy the fence was a divisive issue as many parents liked the openness of the premises.
“We like it being an open community environment,” he said.
“We like people playing in our nature playground, shooting basketballs… if it’s all done respectfully.”
He urged people to report suspicious behaviour to police or school security.