French-speaking school expands along with housing demand

French-speaking school expands along with housing demand

The NSW Government is spending $6 billion over the next four years to build and upgrade schools statewide.

One of the schools being upgraded is the only French-speaking primary school in the State on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Killarney Heights Public in Tralee Ave is receiving seven new permanent teaching spaces, a special programs rooms, teaching spaces for 750 children and the removal of a concrete dome.

People in the community were invited to a local information session late January. Work has already begun on the primary school and is due to be complete late this year.

The northern beaches local government area is currently experiencing unprecedented growth which has led to the requirement to expand the Killarney Heights Public School, according to the government.

The primary school is famous for its French bilingual program and 68 per cent of the students live in a home where a language other than English is spoken.

Real estate agents have long commented on what a magnet the bilingual school is for drawing families to the suburb. And as the suburb was established in the 1960s there is much generational change occurring.

According to CoreLogic 91 per cent of the property in Killarney Heights consists of houses, 47 per cent are owned outright and 33 per cent of the population is aged 19 and younger.

There are seven houses for sale in Killarney Heights this week. One standout is 20 Rathowen Pde, a four-bedroom house with pool on 721sqm of land equidistant to both Killarney Heights High School and the suburb’s preschool.


Maureen Malouf, of Stone Real Estate Forest, said the recently renovated house has north to rear aspect, rooms opening to decks and terraces, lots of natural light and a lovely outlook.

The elevated home, pictured, goes to auction on Saturday February 23 and has a guide of $2.3 million to $2.5 million.

Other houses that would suit a family are five-bedroom house 27 Finian Ave that has a pool and 16 Wilde Ave which is very close to the primary school.

Number 27 Finian Ave is also a walk to the primary school and the high school, is on 715sqm of land and offers two levels of accommodation. Sam Pfafflin, of Raine & Horne Forestville, said the house offered ideal separation between living areas.

The agency is also promoting 16 Wilde Ave on a lovely level block ideal for a family. Three of the bedrooms have built-ins, there are two bathrooms, a double garage with internal access and the home has loft-style storage. The single-level home has a guide of $1.75 million to $1.9 million and goes to auction on Saturday February 23.

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